Our voice is produced when our two vocal cords, located in our voice box or larynx, vibrate together. This vibration happens when air comes up through our vocal cords and produces sound. If one or both of the cords are not working properly, you will experience a voice problem.

To help minimize vocal chord irritants, try the following:

  • reduce background noise before speaking (go outside, turn down music, wait for people to be quiet)
  • use FM systems when in class or in front of large groups
  • instead of throat clearing, try yawning to relax the throat, swallowing deliberately, or humming
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your vocal cords hydrated
  • Reducing caffeine, alcohol, smoking, and acidic food intake.

Call your doctor if your voice sounds hoarse or different for more than 2-3 weeks, you lose your voice, or if you have difficulty speaking loud enough to be heard.