The first thing you need to do is go online and search for “how to get my voice back” or “how to lose my voice”. You will see many different sites with various advice. Some are good while others are not so helpful. So here is our list of top ten tips which may help you in getting your voice back faster:
1) Use a warm bath as soon as possible after the cold symptoms have gone away.
2) Drink lots of water.
3) Take a hot shower immediately after taking a cold shower.
(Hot water helps to flush out toxins).
4) Eat some food such as chicken soup, turkey meatloaf and other foods which contain protein.
They will increase blood circulation and boost up your immune system.
5) Do not use cough drops or lozenges containing alcohol, tobacco or caffeine for at least two days before going to bed.
6) Avoid eating spicy foods like curry, chilli sauce etc.
7) If you have any allergies then avoid them for at least one week before trying to get your voice back.
(For example if you suffer from asthma then avoid breathing medicines such as inhaled corticosteroids for a month).
8) Do not smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco products for at least three weeks before attempting to get your voice back.
(Nicotine is a toxic substance which irritates your throat and makes symptoms worse).
9) Avoid drinking large amounts of alcohol.
(Although a couple of beers may make you feel better if you are really run down, it is not good for your vocal cords. Furthermore, alcoholic drinks cause dehydration, so you should drink lots of water).
10) If you have a cold, then make a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible. Do not try to wait out the cold and do not listen to anyone who tells you this.
(Having a cold is no fun, but resting your voice is very important).
These tips should help you get your voice back faster. Good luck!
Try These Remedies to Get Your Voice Back Fast
Voice loss can be a minor hindrance or a major problem depending on the situation you are facing and how much it interferes with your life. Especially in the modern world, loss of the ability to communicate verbally can create serious issues with your work, family or social life.
It is for this reason that it is important to do something about getting your voice back as soon as you can.
There are two broad types of voice loss. Acute and chronic.
Acute voice loss is temporary and will usually resolve itself within a few days to a few weeks, while chronic voice loss persists for longer periods of time and can last for years. In either case, the best way to go about fixing your voice is through rest, staying hydrated and not straining your vocal cords too much. Beyond this there are some other treatment options that can mitigate the damage and hasten the recovery process.
If you have acute voice loss, stay away from activities or exercises that involve shouting or excessive use of the voice like singing. While you may not be keen on this idea, rest is very important to help repair the damage done to your vocal cords.
When you do speak, speak softly and avoid excessively loud places if possible. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated. While this is a given, it cannot be stressed enough how important water (or any other beverage you prefer) is to keeping your body functioning properly, especially your vocal cords. Hot tea with honey is also a good way to soothe your throat if it is irritated. Avoid drinking carbonated beverages as the bubbles in them can cause your voice to feel unnaturally strained.
If you have chronic voice loss, you should still avoid exercises and activities that involve using your vocal cords. You should rest your voice for at least twenty four hours after the last time your voice gave out.
If you absolutely must talk, speak in a soft tone and do not speak for extended periods of time.
Aside from staying away from strenuous vocal activities, there are some other steps you can take to get your voice back as soon as possible. The herb rosemary has been used since ancient times to treat throat issues and it can help soothe a sore throat when brewed as a tea.
You can also gargle with salt water to help soothe a sore throat. Apple cider vinegar mixed with honey can help relax your throat and you can also gargle this mixture to soothe your throat. You can also drink licorice tea which contains glycyrrhizin which reduces swelling in the body including in your throat.
Watch what you eat as well as how you prepare food and drink. Foods that are very spicy, very salty or have a very strong taste can irritate your throat.
Eat softer foods that won’t aggravate your throat like plain oatmeal or drink milk. Avoid chewing food too much as this increases the pressure in your mouth which in turn applies more pressure to your throat.
While these tips may not get your voice back immediately or work for everyone, they are worth a try if getting your voice back is important to you.
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Social media: giving a voice back to the people by J Darroch – Marketing Through Turbulent Times, 2010 – Springer
Putting Consumer Voice Back in Public Policy: An Enlightenment Model Approach by A Ekici – ACR North American Advances, 2002 – acrwebsite.org
Your voice and your classroom management by W Evans – Behaviour Management: An Essential Guide for …, 2020 – books.google.com
Singing for the stars: a complete program for training your voice by S Riggs – 1992 – books.google.com
‘When you are tired or terrified your voice slips back into its old first place’: The role of feelings in community mental health practice with forensic patients by J Boyle, WG Kernohan, T Rush – Journal of Social Work Practice, 2009 – Taylor & Francis
Set Your Voice Free: How to get the singing or speaking voice you want by R Love, D Frazier – 2016 – books.google.com
Your Voice at Its Best: Enhancement of the Healthy Voice, Help for the Troubled Voice by JA Wright, MJ Lallo – Voice-Over for Animation, 2013 – Routledge
Free your voice: Awaken to life through singing by DB McClosky – 2011 – books.google.com