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Losing your voice is a symptom and not a condition itself, says Paul Bryson, MD, Laryngology Section Head and Director of the Voice Center at Clevelend Clinic.
Before I studied Voice Physiology, I knew this fact. Why? because losing my voice is always a warning to me that I’m not healthy. I remember sharing in one of my blogs how I discovered that I had developed stomach ulcer years ago. It was through losing my voice on a regular basis which was unusual of me.
Some singers think that losing voice is a condition and this makes them believe that that is who and how they are. This is never true. Nobody is or was born with a losing voice condition. Losing your voice should rather be a signal to you that something is wrong with you. I woke up last week and realised I couldn’t talk. My voice was gone. I rushed to my doctor for a check only to discover that I had an infection which I’m still recovering from. I’m following my doctor’s advice and praying to recover fully after some days.
When a child is born the medical assitants expect the baby to cry with a clear voice. When they hear something else, they suspect that something isn’t right with the baby. They examine the baby and treat the baby after diagnosing. This is the best way to explain to you that losing your voice isn’t a condition.
STEPS TO FOLLOW TO PREVENT OR RECOVER FROM LOSING VOICE
*ENOUGH REST: your biggest weapon to fight losing voice is by sleeping more than enough. Every part of your body is tired too when you are tired including your vocal cords.
*KEEP SILENT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE: try your very best not to talk at all especially when you have a concert. Keep yourself away from noisy area because it might cause you to be shouting.
*CANCEL EVERY PERFORMANCE: it’s better not to sing at all and recover than to try to sing to please people and end up destroying your music career and your vocal cords forever. I did cancelled a big concert in Brussels with Joe Mettle last week when I felt sick.
*DRINK WATER: keeping our bodies hydrated is more than necessary to our health which includes our vocal cords.
*SEE YOUR DOCTOR!