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Vocal Hygiene – the DOs and DON'Ts of Maintaining a Healthy Voice

We use it all day, every day. It's something we tend to take for granted. It is our primary method of communicating with the world. It is an important part of who we are as a person. It is our VOICE and it is vital that we take care of it. Vocal hygiene helps us feel better and sound better too! There are many "Do's" and "Don'ts" to keeping our voice healthy and strong. Some may seem obvious, while others not as much. Certain professions, such as teachers, lawyers, coaches and singers seem like the obvious culprits of vocal "abuse."

However, any individual who partakes in these abusive behaviors is subject to poor vocal hygiene and abusing/misusing their voices. Children are particularly at risk, as they tend to use a louder voice and are not always aware of the choices they make that can potentially be harming their vocal cords and overall vocal mechanism. Below is a basic review of the "DO's and DON'Ts" of maintaining a healthy voice. Think of your own personal habits and take note of any changes you can make to your everyday lifestyle that may help to improve the quality of your voice. It is the only voice we have and it is our job to care for it.



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