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All you need to know about hoarseness
What is hoarseness?
Hoarseness is any damage to your voice box affecting your vocal quality.
The main causes of hoarseness are:
- Vocal misuse or abuse
- Vocal overstraining
- Vocal performance in difficult vocal environments, e.g. speaking in a noisy classroom, or singing without an appropriate amplification system.
- Bacterial and viral infections.
- Insufficient hydration of the vocal cords.
Common causes of hoarseness
The most common cause of vocal problems is vocal strain, usually combined with other health issues, such as the following:
- Sore throat;
- Acid reflux;
- Thyroid gland dysfunction;
- Insufficient sleep;
- Improper diet;
- Dry vocal cords;
- Side effects of specific medications.
Sometimes, the cause is incorrect speaking or singing technique.
Your doctor or voice therapist tells you very often you should “learn how to speak (or sing) right”. Actually, the correct speaking technique comes naturally. You need therapists to learn how to avoid pressing your cords during vocal difficulties. The proper vocal technique is the healthiest one.
The proper way to speak is such that minimizes the strain on your throat and doesn’t harm your larynx.
If your routine use of your vocal cords damages them or worsens a preexisting problem, then your vocal routine does not fit your circumstances. This may result in damages to your vocal health, such as nodules restricting your vocal performance, breathing difficulties, sore throat, etc.
To illustrate our point, a sore throat without any vocal strains should be over in a few days, leaving no traces worse than a mild hoarseness that will be over within two weeks.
Be attentive to your vocal needs!
We believe, following Jung, that “disease is the effort made by nature to heal the man”. It means that you should regard hoarseness as an alert against an existing problem, which should drive you to change.
If you are attentive to your vocal needs, and do what it takes to restore your vocal cords health, you will be able to cure or even prevent your hoarseness even in unfavorable environments.
Nowadays, new technologies offer us the means to handle severe vocal stress and vocal conditions that are less than optimal.
So what to do about hoarseness?
First, you should minimize your vocal strain. Use as low vocal intensity as possible, but avoid whispering. Speak and sing as gently as possible, without attacking the sounds.
Channel the sound to frontal resonance areas. You can exercise speaking with your hand closing your nose, in order to practice frontal resonance.
It’s important to combine mild, regular exercises with the following TMRG products, before and after any vocal effort:
- TMRG Classic Spray provides vocal support;
- TMRG Voice Saline Oil Spray disinfects the damaged area;
- TMRG Voice Powder protects the damaged area from acidity and prevents worn-out voice.
TVP device: the best solution for hoarseness
UsingTPV device can cure and even prevent hoarseness, without unnecessary surgeries.
For your vocal cords, vocal exercises with aTPV device, combined with the aforementioned solutions, is like a resistance exercise in a sauna. The stretching of your vocal muscles helps their recovery, while the solutions disinfect the larynx and clear phlegm and acid from the vocal cords and respiratory system.
A TMRG specialist