MusiCares Celebrates World Voice Day
Every year on April 16, head and neck surgeons (ENTs) and other voice health professionals worldwide join together to recognize World Voice Day (WVD). Created in Brazil on April 16, 1999, World Voice Day encourages men and women, young and old, to assess their vocal health and take action to improve or maintain good voice habits. World Voice Day was established as a special day of awareness, recognition, and celebration of the human voice.
In recognition of World Voice Day, MusiCares will sponsor free vocal screenings and vocal health workshops to promote the importance of vocal health and wellness. Throughout the month of April, free vocal health clinics will be held in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Nashville and Chicago. Providers in each location will offer services such as individualized examinations including a videostroboscopy to diagnose and assess injury risk and voice health professionals will help you rate the health of your voice and provide vocal health tips. Take a look below at “Vocal Health 101” and if you are a professional singer or musician, contact MusiCares to attend a vocal clinic near you.
Vocal Health 101 courtesy of the Chicago Institute for Voice Care:
1. Eat Fresh
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Echinacea and Goldenseal can help support your immune system. Zinc also helps to lessen symptoms too, but good nutrition will give your body what it needs to fight
2. Don't Scream
It may get you more attention and it’s fun at a ball game, but its harmful to vocal folds. Only scream if there is an emergency.
3. Avoid Smoke
Smoke irritates the vocal folds, so avoid firsthand AND secondhand exposure
4. Get Plenty of Rest
Lots of processes in the body take place during sleep. When you’re sleep deprived, your immune system doesn’t function as well.
5. Warm-up the Voice
We’re speaking figuratively and literally. You’d never try to run a marathon without stretching and warming up. Warm non-alcoholic beverages are also soothing.
6. Stay Hydrated
The voice box works best when it’s well lubricated. Running around in the heat can leave you tired and dry. 8-10 glasses of water per day can really help!
7. See Your Voice Doctor
Reflux, allergies, viral infection can cause chronic symptoms, these will require treatment. If you smoke, it is even more important to have your voice box checked out! Hoarseness that lasts more than two weeks should be evaluated.
8. Take Naps
Just like in kindergarten when we needed to rest. For every hour of talking, take 5-10 minutes to be silent and give your voice a little nap during the day.