If you have been following me for any amount of time, you know that vocal hygiene is a big deal to me. I’ve talked about the importance of vocal hygiene for teachers and also for folks doing voice modification work, but it’s also important for all of us on a daily basis. As a speech-language pathologist, I am very adamant that this is something we all need to do.
Listen. At any point in time, 3-9% of the population has a voice disorder at any given time. Some of these disorders are considered “organic,” or disorders arising as a result of something going wrong in our vocal structure. OTHERS, however, are “functional”…as in voice misuse.
So what can you do to keep your voice healthy? Attached to this post is a list of vocal hygiene strategies you can use throughout your day. These strategies are helpful for anyone who uses their voice regularly – meaning ALL people.
Take care of your voice!
Vocal Hygiene Strategies Handout!