Almost anyone, at one time or the other, experiences hoarseness, or even loss of voice due to the occurrence of various circumstances. Some of the causes of hoarseness could be due to the common cold, exposure to high volumes of sound in a concert or even simply cheering for your favorite team at a sports event.
While these conditions can temporarily compromise one’s vocal cords, with a little care, (such as vocal rest and good hydration) it can actually be recovered quickly.
There are certain times where people are not able to decipher the problem(s) with their voice which they are experiencing. With that said, it is important to have an awareness of the most common disorders, and how to rectify them, in order to avoid long-term or even permanent damage.
Here are the major signs that demand immediate attention followed by proper care:
1) Persistent hoarseness or voice changes: Hoarseness is a general term that includes a wide range of abnormal voice qualities such as a raspy or hoarse voice. While hoarseness can be caused by a cold, persistent yelling or talking for extended time-frames, it can also be a symptom of a severe condition such as a growth on the vocal cords.
Many of the above voice conditions can be treated with voice therapy. Although in more advanced cases, there is an alternative form of voice therapy that can effectively eliminate the problem. In its most critical condition, surgery may be required. If you experience any change in your voice or a persistent hoarseness in your voice for more than two weeks, you should see a laryngologist for a proper diagnosis.
2) Chronic Vocal Fatigue: Vocal fatigue can be the result of voice overuse. Often, you can see this problem effecting professional voice users such as teachers, singers, speakers, actors, preachers, call centers employees, etc. Your voice can and will get tired if you are using it incorrectly and for long periods of time. It is recommended to rest your voice for 10 minutes after every 90 minutes of voice use. If you often feel a disturbance or loss in your voice, you must get an accurate diagnosis in order to see if your vocal cord(s) may have succumbed to some tissue damage.
An alternative voice therapy (known as Non-Surgical Voice Repair) will allow you to learn specialized techniques that will help reduce stress within your vocal box and your vocal cords. It will also help to reverse tissue damage (if such problem occurred), with the use of natural herbs and remedies.
3) Discomfort in the voice: If you feel that you need to exert a great deal of energy in order to speak or sing, it's obviously cannot be considered a normal condition. Sometimes, if you use the muscles in your neck along with your vocal cords to produce the sound, this can actually lead to muscle strain in the neck and may cause the condition which is known as Muscle Tension Dysphonia. This problem is hard to self-diagnose, hence the proper diagnosis must be performed by a voice specialist who specializes in such matters.
Again, there is a form of alternative voice therapy which will, in fact, teach you how to relax the neck muscles during speaking and or singing.
If you are experiencing any voice abnormalities like chronic hoarseness, problems with speech, vocal fatigue or pain while speaking and or singing, it is highly recommended that you contact a voice specialist.