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Voice disorder

Any condition that affects the performance of the voice-producing organ – the larynx – can cause a voice disorder. Usually, hoarseness is the main symptom, but laryngeal disorders can cause other, more subtle problems..

Intro

Problem Explained

A condition that affects the quality of voice because of various factors. This condition is very much significant for voice professionals for the sole reason that it affects their job and the major cause of absenteeism. This condition will alter the quality of voice and will be far from their normal voice. 

Most of the time this condition is neglected and after suffering for many days, people seek help from doctors. But this is critical for voice artists like singers, voice over artists, stage performers and Master of Ceremony professionals.

Any condition which affects the function of the larynx which is the voice box leads to voice problems. The most common symptom would be voice change or hoarseness. This can lead to other subtle problems.

Voice professionals reason for absenteeism can be attributed to voice disorder and it is an occupational risk. The day lost is a missed opportunity and hence their credibility in their professional market.

Early intervention by a consultant can help fast recovery and hence may help in early recovery and hence resuming to their work.

At MS ENT Centre, our trained consultant has promising results when it comes to regaining the voice, especially for the voice professionals. The number of patients – Voice Professionals Vs General Public ration is very high. Hence all our references are for voice professionals.

Tips for better voice and it’s maintenance:-

  • Always train your voice for different range before and after performance.
  • Stay healthy and practice relaxation techniques. Repeated cold and flu causes vocal cord edema.
  • Avoid food which causes allergic reaction.
  • Don’t use your voice when you are tried or during upper respiratory infection.
  • Avoid smoking and smoky environment.
  • Try to use personal microphone in case if you have to reach out to bigger audience.
  • Avoid speaking in louder backgrounds.
  • Don’t scram or whisper.
  • Avoid imitating others voice or which is not your natural voice.
  • Give adequate rest in between performance.
  • Don’t use your voice when you are dehydrated.
  • Avoid too spicy and fatty food.
  • Avoid excessive throat clearing and coughing.
  • Avoid alcohol, mint products.
  • Manage your gastro-esophageal reflux.
  • Don’t sleep on your stomach or on your back. Sleeping on the sides is advisable.

time factor

When to seek doctors advise

duration

Any hoarseness that persists beyond two weeks, especially in a smoker, should be evaluated by a physician who can inspect the vocal cords.

caution

As voice quality is subjective and vocal demands vary, the person with the disorder is usually the best judge of the severity and importance of the problem (assuming it is non-cancerous), and whether it justifies a proposed treatment.