Speaking difficulties? Rough-sounding voice? Clear-throating while talking? It is probably kind of hoarseness.
Hoarseness is usually an unpleasant and occasionally painful sensation. It impairs your daily activity, especially your work if you are a singer, a teacher or any other voice professional.
Usually, it either disappears by itself. Otherwise, you must treat it before it gets worse. Typically, it can be cured quickly with a simple treatment
Causes of hoarseness
Vocal difficulties may result from any of the following disorders:
- Any vocal cords lesions, such as warts, edema or polyps;
- Phlegm in the larynx;
- Acid reflux which burns your cords;
- Incomplete or asymmetric closure of the vocal cords, for whatever reason;
- Various nervous issues
A healthy voice requires the following three basics:
- A regular disinfection of your Larynx. The larynx is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and often develops inflammation due to vocal stress.
- Constant moisturizing of the larynx, to minimize harmful friction at the cords’ contact points.
- Vocal Exercising, in order to practice an easy contact of the cords. It also massages the voice muscles, thus shortening their healing.
Usually, hoarseness should be treated just like any other wound. In other words, it should
be disinfected. In the worst case, if the hoarseness is caused by lesion, such as a wart, it may infect and irritate the affected area. Otherwise, it puts excessive pressure on your cords and other voice box muscles, thus may result in vocal cords wear-off.
Recommended ways of disinfection
- Use TMRG Classic Solution and TMRG Oils: the combination of medicinal herbs essence and oil disinfects and also enhances blood circulation, providing an immediate relief.
- Wash your mouth with salt water or apple vinegar
Constant moisturizing of the larynx
Moisture provides a protective coating for the affected area, which is essential for recovery. This is best achieved using TMRG Voice Powder. It isolates the affected area, thus keeping it moist and protecting it from injuries. In addition, make sure to drink a plenty of water, in order to moisturize the affected area constantly. Try to take many small sips throughout the day, instead of a few large gulps.
We also recommend, of course, using the TPV
inhalation device, for immediate moisturizing. In acute cases, we recommend sleeping with a steam inhaler on (but make sure to leave an open window).
- Vocal exercising
Whenever you feel vocal difficulties, perform some simple, effortless exercises, to release your cords and regain vocal capacity. It should be carried out effortlessly, using a minimum pressure on your cords, for example:
- Sound and elementary vowel, such as:”a”, “e”, or “o”, as mildly as possible, at first. Once you master it, you may start practicing small-range ascending and descending tones, no more than two or three tones at a time. Here, too, make it as gently as possible. Always try to close your vocal cords using as little inner and outer pressure as possible. This way you can train your cords move symmetrically, with hardly any pressure.
The purpose of this exercise is to train your cords move gently and effortlessly, during daily speech as well. Remember: your vocal cords are like an athlete’s muscles. Therefore, they may suffer from cramps, that is, hoarseness, and this exercise is their physiotherapy.
Previously, specialists used to recommend a total vocal rest in such a case, in other words, a complete silence, for 10 days to a couple of weeks. But recent studies suggest that practicing a gentle movement and contact of the cords is more effective. It is also recommended to consult a speech therapist.
You must train your voice muscles to move gently and effortlessly, constantly disinfect your larynx during vocal stress or difficulties, and of course, provide your cords with a plenty of moisture, to protect them.
In some case, it is advisable to undergo an overall health checkup, for example, to rule out anemia, make sure to eat an adequate amount of proteins and fats, prevent an inflammation . Also make sure you do not suffer from acid reflux, and that your diet is rich in vitamins, minerals and healthy good microbes. Sometimes, you should supplement it with multivitamins and minerals, or probiotics, to improve your digestion, until your vocal cords fully recover.
We highly recommend using the TPV device frequently, to prevent any complications in the first place.