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Can using my voice too much make me lose it?

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Each time you talk or sing, you use different muscles, including some in your mouth and throat. Just like other muscles in your body, overuse of the ones that help you speak can lead to fatigue, strain, and injury. The wrong technique can also bring on hoarseness. Here are some common things that you may be doing wrong:

  • Speaking, singing, yelling, or coughing too much
  • Using a pitch that's higher or lower than normal when you talk
  • Cradling your phone between your head and shoulder

From: Why Am I Losing My Voice? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The University of Chicago Medicine: "Vocal Cord Disorders."

Byeon, H. , May 2015. Journal of Voice

Effat, K. , May 2015. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai: "Allergies and Postnasal Drip."

Develioglu, O. March 2014. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery,

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Hamdan, A. , May 2013. Autoimmune Diseases

Cleveland Clinic: "Thyroid Problems," "Hoarseness: Frequently Asked Questions."

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Thyroid Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Definition and Facts for (GER) and (GERD)."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Nodules, Polyps, and Cysts," "Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer," "Common Problems that Can Affect Your Voice."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "The Science and Practice of Speaking Loud."

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 4, 2018

SOURCES:

The University of Chicago Medicine: "Vocal Cord Disorders."

Byeon, H. , May 2015. Journal of Voice

Effat, K. , May 2015. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai: "Allergies and Postnasal Drip."

Develioglu, O. March 2014. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery,

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Hamdan, A. , May 2013. Autoimmune Diseases

Cleveland Clinic: "Thyroid Problems," "Hoarseness: Frequently Asked Questions."

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Thyroid Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Definition and Facts for (GER) and (GERD)."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Nodules, Polyps, and Cysts," "Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer," "Common Problems that Can Affect Your Voice."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "The Science and Practice of Speaking Loud."

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 4, 2018

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