You’ve been practising flawlessly for weeks.
You can’t seem to get rid of this raspy voice as it’s almost time for it to open. You don’t have the flu or a cold. You may have allergies, but there are no additional symptoms that would suggest it. Ultimately, you must get your voice back to normal as quickly as possible.
For voice actors and singers whose voices are instruments, vocal health is crucial. But occasionally, the hoarseness persists, resulting in a raspy sound, a deeper voice that eventually harms our vocal cords. Hence, an appointment to see a laryngologist to find out exactly what the issue is and how to recover is advised if a raspy or hoarse voice lasts for two weeks or longer.
Therefore, in this blog post, let’s focus on two specific causes of post-singing hoarseness, as well as tips on how to not make your voice raspy.
How Does Voice Works?
Your vocal folds (vocal cords) and larynx (voice box) allow you to talk. The airway that leads down to your lungs, known as the trachea, is located above your larynx. Your larynx has two muscle bands called the vocal cords, which open and close.
When you talk, the vocal cords vibrate from the air in your lungs, producing sound waves. Your voice will sound deeper if your vocal folds are relaxed (shortened). If the vocal folds tighten or lengthen, the sound will be higher pitched.
2 Reasons Why You Have A Raspy Singing Voice
Vocal exhaustion is when you overuse your voice without giving it enough time to recover. The vocal folds are muscles, and after a hard workout, they get tired, painful, and less effective, much like any other muscle or muscle group.
Suppose you notice that you’re having trouble breathing in addition to hoarseness when speaking or singing. If your throat or neck feels tight or tense, you’ve lost control over your upper and lower ranges, your voice sounds scratchy, or your mouth feels extremely dry, you may be experiencing vocal exhaustion.
Antihistamines can be a lifesaver when we cannot breathe owing to cold or severe allergies like an itchy sore throat. They work by removing moisture from the throat and sinus mucous membranes.
However, they occasionally over-dry, depriving the vocal folds of the healthy mucus layer essential for their proper operation.
When that occurs, the voice is more vulnerable to harm and a brief loss of comfort and ease. As with everything else, be aware of your body and how it reacts to the things you put inside it. When truly necessary, only take these pills, and until you feel better, avoid using your voice.
Ways On How To Prevent Raspy Voice
There are many possible causes of a hoarse voice, such as overuse, dehydration, acute laryngitis, acid reflux, allergies, etc. Although a raspy voice can sound sexy to some, it can be quite a nuisance for singers and voice actors whose livelihood depends on their vocal cords.
Here are the seven ways to prevent a raspy voice and regain your natural voice.
1. Rest Your Voice
When you overuse your voice, it can become raw and painful. To calm your throat and rest your voice, try these tips:
● Humidify your home, office, or car
● Limit talking or whispering
● Avoid talking when you have a cold
● Refrain from yelling or cheering at sporting events
2. Try Herb Tea With Honey and Lemon
Herb tea can help ease tension in the throat, while the honey will coat and protect the throat. Be sure not to drink herbal teas that contain licorice root if you have high blood pressure.
3. Drink Lots Of Water
Water lubricates the mouth and throat, preventing dryness that could lead to more irritation. It’s important to avoid alcohol and sugary drinks as they will only aggravate your symptoms.
4. Gargle With Saltwater
Gargling with salt water is a time-honored tradition that does wonders for a sore throat by decreasing swelling. The right way to do this is to add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to 8 oz of warm water and gargle for 30 seconds, then spit it out. You should do this 2-3 times a day until your symptoms improve.
5. Take OTC Medicines
If over-the-counter medicines don’t help, see a doctor because you might need a prescription medication such as steroids or an antiviral drug to treat an infection or inflammation caused by a fungus, bacteria, or a virus such as HPV. You might also need surgery to remove the nodules. However, this isn’t common.
6. Use Essential Oils
Just like herbal teas can help relieve tension in the throat due to their aromatherapy properties, essential oils can provide similar benefits. Some good ones are peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and lemon oil. You can breathe them directly from the bottle, add a few drops to boiling water, and breathe in the steam. You could also add several drops to a diffuser. Do this 2-3 times per day.
7. Manage Stress
Chronic stress leads to neck and shoulder pain which extends up into the head causing tension headaches. All this tension near the throat can lead to problems with voice production so learning how to manage stress is crucial in preserving vocal cord health. Some good stress relievers are yoga, meditation, deep breathing, and aromatherapy.
Well, there you have it! Seven ways how to avoid making your voice raspy. While we hope you will never experience hoarseness, these tips can help in unfortunate events. If you are looking for more vocal tips and tricks, check out John Henny’s blog for helpful advice and exercises. Until next time, stay healthy and keep singing!