Vocal Health Resources

Your vocal cords (also called vocal folds) are membranes attached to the muscles in your neck and throat– and they can get hurt.  Sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently.  We are here to help. Your vocal health is important throughout your whole life. You need to know more about vocal hygiene and vocal health!

Here is a fantastic link about vocal myths.

Here is a fantastic link to help you understand your cords and how they work.

Podcast with the Voiceover Insider with SVI’s director Shana Pennington-Baird on fatigue and vocal health.

Want instant relief from a tired voice?  Watch this video from Ingo Titze.

First and foremost, if you feel PAIN of any kind…. STOP.  And by stop, we mean talking, whispering, singing… everything.  And schedule an appointment with an otolaryngologist TODAY.

Dr. Al Merati, otolaryngologist at UW Medicine.
Don’t wait.

For voices with damage there are several courses of action– and this website is going to give very broad sweeping statements– and you’ll need to determine exactly what is going on with your vocal cords and why.  But here are a few basic solutions:

  • Possible vocal rest for a period of time (4 weeks)
  • Speech therapy
  • Surgery

Ways to hurt your voice:

  • Glottal fry
  • Harsh glottal onset
  • Never varying pitch and staying in one or two notes in your vocal range
  • Singing or speaking outside your pitch range
  • Improper warming up or warming down

This page is a work in progress and we will continue to add articles and assistance for those who need help with damaged cords.

Posted in Vocal Health.