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First Aid for Hoarseness

adapted from Everyday Voice Care, chapter 11 “First Aid.” If you have a cold that has made you hoarse, or you’ve just used your voice too much/too loudly in a short time, the following tips will help you recover. Repeated problems and longer-lasting changes in your voice need deeper attention, so consider the following to […]

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Winterize Your Voice

I’ve always loved the winter solstice. As a child spending holidays in Maine, I was awed by the clear, cold, stillness in the air, the moon reflecting on icicles and snow. The sun hung low for shortening days before the season turned around. People also stop — or slow down — when the winter season […]

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Singers’ Guide to Throat Lozenges

Before you use an over-the-counter throat lozenge, think carefully about why you want one. The most common reasons why people use lozenges are (1) a hoarse-sounding voice, (2) throat pain, (3) cough. Sometimes these symptoms occur together, sometimes not. They are relieved by different ingredients, and some of those ingredients have side effects that you […]

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Clearing Up Throat-Clearing

“Don’t clear your throat—it’s bad for your voice.” Every serious voice user hears this advice. But what can you do, when your throat tickles or drips or you’re nervous about a show? How can you resist? The urge to clear your throat can arise for several reasons, most of them false-alarms. Here are some tips […]

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