Voice Feeling Hoarse? When To See a Doctor

You don’t need to be a professional singer to know what it’s like to lose your voice or become hoarse. In fact, professional singers are at an advantage due to the extensive training they put their voice through in order to endure long hours and even weeks of performing.

But what about the rest of us who spend eight to ten hours a day speaking to co-workers, delivering lectures, broadcasting the news, taking customer service calls or arguing in the courtroom?

These are in fact the people at the highest risk for vocal fatigue and vocal injury. These are also the people who are more likely to continue putting themselves at risk because they don’t baby their voices the way a professional singer might — alarm bells don’t necessarily go off for a teacher who loses their voice after a day of lecturing or a lawyer after a full day in court.

A night of vocal rest and hot liquids should do the trick, right?  Not necessarily.

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Fight Acid Reflux – 7 Summer Food Swaps to Avoid Reflux without Ruining Your Summer BBQ

Caused by stomach acid flowing back up into the esophagus, acid reflux is not only uncomfortable, but can be a detriment to your professional voice.

The most common causes of acid reflux are related to consuming large amounts of food that are high in acid and fat, eating heavily before bed, alcohol or carbonated beverages, or taking certain muscle relaxers, ibuprofen or aspirin.

Basically, everything you did over your 4th of July weekend (or typical summer BBQ).

So now that we know the biggest triggers for acid reflux, what are the best alternatives to curb the nasty side effects without ruining your summer BBQ plans?
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Professional Voice Blog | Super Herbs & Spices - Mint

SUPER HERBS & SPICES – MINT + BEST SMOOTHIE TO BOOST YOUR MOOD, IMMUNE SYSTEM & BEAT THE BELLY BLOAT

It is one of the most popular breath fresheners, a regular accompaniment to lamb, a go-to dessert garnish, and an effective indigestion remedy. The herb that we are all familiar with, yet know so little about is mint.

There are over twenty species of mint, the most common being peppermint and spearmint, however hybridized forms of the herb can range from fruit-flavored varieties to chocolate mint…most commonly used for after-dinner mints and in dessert applications.

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Homemade Singer’s Spray

A staple inside recording studios, green-rooms, hotel rooms, and tour buses — singer’s spray is almost always in a vocalist’s arsenal. However, the wrong mixture of ingredients can also mean that your beloved singer’s spray is either a giant waste of your time and money, or potentially harmful to your precious pipes. Averaging between $5 and $25 a bottle for commercial products, and containing a laundry list of ingredients you have no idea how to pronounce – let alone what they do – is a gamble you shouldn’t take with your voice.

Always consult an ENT specialist if you are experiencing chronic or severe throat pain.

Always consult an ENT specialist if you are experiencing chronic or severe throat pain.

For example, some throat-soothing sprays contain alcohol, which can be drying and damaging to your vocal chords and throat, or some sprays (chloroseptic) contain powerful anesthetics in which dosages can be overlooked by vocalists who use sprays frequently throughout the day or extend the use far beyond the recommended dosage. *Always consult a physician before using a throat spray to treat pain, infection, or swelling.

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To avoid potentially harmful effects from commercial throat sprays, do your body and your wallet a favor by mixing up your own natural throat spray. Not only will you be in control of the ingredients, but you can also keep the cost down by making your own and avoid having to drive out of the way to find these sprays at drug stores – all you need is a local grocery store and one shopping trip a week at the most!

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Earache or Blockage? How to Clean Your Ears – Ear Health Part 2

Pain or blockage in your ears can be both painful and annoying. Often caused by an excess of ear wax production, and the use of objects like q-tips that push wax further into the ear canal, the blockage can often be accompanied by difficulty hearing, itching, and sometimes dizziness, which should be addressed by an ENT specialist. There are some at-home remedies to help move things along though.

When your ears are feeling a bit more full than usual, try to break up the excess ear wax with some of the following gentle at home remedies:

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Professional Voice Blog - What is Ear Wax and how NOT to Clean Your Ears

What Exactly is Ear Wax? And How NOT To Clean It Out – Ear Health Series Part 1

“Approximately 12 million people a year in the U.S. seek medical care for impacted or excessive cerumen,” – Richard Rosenfeld, MD. Chair of the AAO-HNSF Guideline Development Task Force.

It’s one of those “ignorance is bliss” kind of topics. We all have it…but nobody really wants to talk about it.

What is it? Ear wax.

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Five Things You Can Do to Combat High Altitude’s Harmful Effects on Your Voice

Even if you live in high altitude environments, your body is not immune to the harsh conditions of the mountain air. Artists, speakers, or professionals who make frequent trips to climates like the Rocky Mountains have experienced first hand the drying effects of high altitude. The air is thinner, the humidity is low to non-existent, and the lack of oxygen can naturally cause you to develop some harmful habits that leave your throat, nose, and mouth feeling like the Arizona desert – not ideal at all for professionals speakers or singers.

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