I am guilty of misusing my voice. I’m not a sports coach; I don’t teach a large exercise class; When I lecture, I always use a microphone. However, from as long ago as I can remember, I was always being told, ‘lower your voice.’ I never hit my children, but I would yell. Radiation to the head and neck doesn’t help the fact that I get hoarse frequently. One improperly produced yell, and you can hear the strain in my voice for the next couple of days.

Do you yell at work or at home? Then, it’s time to learn some vocal hygiene. Preserve and protect your voice from damage with these six suggestions:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit alcohol, caffeine and dairy
  • Breathe through your nose, a natural air filter and moisturizer
  • Avoid smoking and other noxious fumes
  • Avoid coughing loudly, clearing your throat  and laughing forcibly
  • Don’t talk in noisy environments
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