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Love your voice on World Voice Day and all through the year
World Voice Day is April 16; U-M expert offers vocal health tipsadded 04/12/10
Ann Arbor - Voice problems may arise from a variety of sources, including overuse or misuse, cancer, infection or injury. According to experts at the University of Michigan Health System, proper care and use of your voice can help maintain vocal health and prevent serious problems in the future.
In recognition of World Voice Day on April 16, Norman D. Hogikyan, M.D., professor of otolaryngology at the U-M Medical School and director of the U-M Vocal Health Center, offers some tips for loving your voice by protecting it and recognizing problems. Vocal health awareness is particularly important because almost three out of every 10 people have experienced vocal problems, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
"World Voice Day reminds us of the emotional power of the human voice and the many feelings it can elicit," Hogikyan says. "It should also remind us that our own voice requires care to keep it healthy. Even for those without vocal problems, you should take care of your voice and remember that it is the natural instrument of your personality and emotions."
10 ways to show your voice affection:
Kiss but don't yell..
Hug a microphone when speaking in public..
Whisper a few sweet nothings to warm up your voice..
Always clear the air, but don't clear your throat..
Light up a room, but never a cigarette.
Be in touch with your feelings..
Think good breath support, not just heavy breathing..
Be a good listener..
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To learn more about World Voice Day, vocal health and other throat-related topics, visit www.entnet.org/worldvoiceday.
For more information about the U-M Vocal Health Center, visit U-M Vocal Health Center web site or call 734-432-7666.
Written by Tara Hasouris; contact at email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 734-764-2220.