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Signs Of Losing Your Voice
Aphonia: Depends on the cause &extent of injury to the vocal cords. ...Read more
You want to lose it?: I'm thinking you mean the best way to get it back. If so — give it total (TOTAL) rest for several days. No whispering or mouthing words at all. Writing is the safest, but even then try not to be saying the words in your head. All those things pull on the vocal cords a bit. I did it personally and it works best if you don't do them. To lose it — surgery, I guess, but few Drs would do it. Why? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My baby seems to have lost a bit other voice due to her cold... Is this normal? Is this a bad sign? What should I do?
Hoarseness with a: Cold is pretty common. It means her vocal cords are irritated. The best treatments are good hydration, saline nose drops, & suctioning her nose with a bulb syringe. Use a humidifier if your pediatrician okays it. If she has a recital temperature of 100.4 or above, isn't nursing/drinking well or her symptoms worsen, take her to her doctor. Otc cough/cold syrups are not useful & may be harmful. ...Read more
Permanent complete voice loss is rare. However, permanent partial damage to the voice resulting in a scratchy or rough or abnormal voice can happen.
If you have other questions you should see a voice specialist near you. ...Read more
Hoarseness: The most common cause of recurrent hoarseness are voice overuse or voice abuse. Screaming, shouting or prolonged talking in a loud volume will result in hoarseness. Do not clear your throat or make yourself cough. Good hydration and proper voice hygiene is the key for prevention! ...Read more
Yes: Aphonia, or complete loss of the voice, coud be something as simple as swelling of the vocal cords, but there could be paralysis of one of the vocal cords. Vocal cord paralysis can be due to benign or malignant processes. It is best to have it evaluated with laryngoscopy. ...Read more
Voice gets manly: The boys do lose their boyish, high frequency voice, but it changes to a more manly, low frequency deeper voice. It changes to an adult male like voice. These changes are due the hormonal changes, they go through during puberty. They develop secondary sexual characteristics. These changes are mainly due to increase in the levels of the hormone, testosterone. Thanks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Losing voice: Very sorry to hear that. This can be quite challenging because your voice is the key part of your concert. In this short a period, best to see a doctor who specializes on voice issues, called an otolaryngologist. This kind of doctor can look at your voice box, hopefully determine what is happening and give you appropriate treatment. Wish you the best... And... Break a leg! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I keep on losing my voice, it's been happening on and off for the past 3 years any suggestions why this is happening?
Many possibilities : The three most likely reasons are 1) vocal abuse (screaming, yelling, forcing the voice, going to loud bars and pubs) 2) reflux where stomach juice comes up into your throat without warning leading to burning and inflammation in your throat and 3) poor vocal technique with poor breath support leading to tension in your neck and throat. Please see an ENT doctor who specializes in the voice for eval. ...Read more
I am losing my voice and I don't know. I have not been yelling or coughing or anything can you help me? Please and thank you
Many possibilities: Reflux is a major reason why people have voice problems in the absence of vocal abuse. Poor vocal technique can also be an issue. If you drink coffee or tea, stop. Also don't eat or drink anything for 3 hours before going to bed. You also should make an appointment with an ENT doctor. ...Read more
For about 3 weeks now I have lost the upper range of my voice. At first, I thought it was a bit of "losing my voice" but no pain and no improvement?
Perhaps: You treat your vocal cords nicely (i.e. not screaming) & perhaps when you have had viral infections they didn't go straight for your larynx. Consider yourself lucky. I was a cheerleader in high school — and typically had lost my voice by the time I had to sing in church choir on Sunday mornings. Avoid voice strain. ...Read more
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