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    Learning About Your Health

    Speech-Language Pathology: Strategies for Keeping Your Voice Healthy

    • Be sure to drink lots of water every day - at least 8 eight-ounce glasses (64 oz)

    • Rest is important. Getting a good night's sleep will help you to maintain a healthy voice. Remember to keep your upper body slightly elevated when you lie down. This will also help to control heartburn

    • Eat a balanced diet. Limit spices, fats and caffeine

    • Try to limit excessive and unnecessary talking in order to rest your voice. Relax your jaw by keeping your lips together and your teeth slightly apart when you finish speaking

    • Remember to relax your neck, shoulders, and upper body. Simple stretching exercises will help to keep your muscles relaxed

    • Use a humidifier or vaporizer in your bedroom

    • Avoid talking in smoky or dusty rooms. Smoke, dust and chemicals are irritants that may harm your voice

    Change Behaviors which Harm the Voice

    • Replace coughing and throat-clearing with sniff-swallow and/or silent cough

    • Avoid talking in noisy environments

    • Use voice amplification

    • Speak and sing within your normal vocal range

    • Stop smoking and alcohol use

    • Avoid vigorous grunting or making loud sounds when lifting, pushing or pulling

    • If you have laryngitis, use a soft voice rather than whispering