World Voice Day

On April 16, in celebration of World Voice Day, UC Health Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) is offering free vocal health screenings to the public.

Why is vocal health important?

In order to maintain an optimal speaking and singing voice, vocal health is imperative. The vocal folds, just like any other muscle in the body, can be injured. This can lead to many problems including: hoarse speaking voice, inability to reach certain pitches while singing, vocal fatigue/strain, breathing difficulty and throat pain.

What are some tips we should consider to keep our voices healthy?

Do not smoke, avoid recreational drugs and caffeinated beverages. Maintain proper hydration and humidity. Get a good amount of sleep and eat a well-balanced diet. Warm up before singing or speaking for long periods of time. Reduce your total amount of voice use if you have a cold. Rest your voice if it becomes fatigued. Be aware of vocal loudness—do not yell. Avoid whispering.

What are some warning signs of vocal issues?

Hoarseness or a change in vocal quality, breathy/husky/raspy voice, vocal fatigue after a day of speaking, speaking/singing feels strained, reduced singing range, sore throat and voice breaks.

UC Health Otolaryngology is nationally ranked five years in a row by U.S. News & World Report. To learn more, visit or call 513-475-8400.

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