What is a healthy voice? A healthy voice is one which sounds clear. feels effortless and does what you need it to do. For a school teacher, this might include being able to project your voice to be heard over students, or for a public speaker to be have a voice which lasts the whole length of your presentation.
What is a voice disorder? A voice disorder occurs when a person's voice is not the right quality, pitch or volume for the person, which can mean that it does not do what the person needs it to do.
How do I know if I have a voice disorder? There are many indicators of a voice disorder, and they are likely to be different from person to person. Some may include a voice which is - breathy - low volume - tired or fatigued after use - a feeling of having to force or push your voice out - a crackly or unstable sound - a hoarse or rough sound - regular throat clearing or coughing - does not do what you want it to do
Click here to read more about different kinds of voice disorders (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - Factsheet on voice disorders)
Who gets voice disorders? Voice disorders can impact many types of people including: - professional voice users such as teachers, singers, call centre workers - people who have experienced change or stress in their lives - people diagnosed with medical conditions such as Parkinsons. Learn more about voice changes associated with Parkinsons by clicking here
How can I keep my voice healthy? It is important to look after our voices, just like we look after out general health. Drinking enough water, exercise and reducing stress can all be helpful.. Some medications can impact your voice, as well as things like smoking and alcohol.
Click here to read more about ways to keep your voice healthy (from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)