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Tips to prevent voice disorders | Dr Sanjeev Mohanty

Prof Dr. Sanjeev Mohanty 

Dr.Mohanty’s Speciality ENT Clinics

  • Always remain well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoiding extremes of temperature.

  • Reduce the intake of caffeinated beverages and balance that intake with sufficient water. 

  • Use a humidifier particularly if you are staying in dry climates.

  • Recommended humidity of thirty percent in the surroundings is ideal.

  • Practice healthy breathing techniques

  • Professional voice users need to take special care of the respiratory system while singing and conversing.

  • Take deep breaths from the chest periodically to support the voice and do not merely rely on the throat for speaking.

  • Also, do breathing control exercises so that the vocal cords do not strain.

  • Rest the voice when you are sick as illness burdens it with extra stress. Minimize talking, when the voice is hoarse and tired. You must also avoid using extremes of the vocal ranges.

  • Consider taking voice therapy treatment. The professional support and assistance of speech-language therapist can tackle voice problems by recommending ways for healthy voice usage and  for communication.

  • Eat a nutritious diet with plenty of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables to protect the mucus membrane of the throat. Avoid spicy foods as they cause reflux resulting in discomfort due to the backward movement of stomach acid to the throat. If you experience persistent symptoms of heartburns, consult the doctor immediately.

  • Ensure that you follow an exercise routine regularly. That helps to boost stamina, muscle tone and also to maintain good posture and breathing. All these factors in turn aid proper speaking without pressurizing the vocal cords. 

  • For any specific vocal cord pathology, consult the ENT surgeon for further definitive management

Thus, a disciplined lifestyle with a balanced diet, exercise and clean habits can substantially prevent vocal disorders. Your ENT surgeon will help you, if symptoms are refractory in nature.

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