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Owning Your Vocal Health
120 Classical Singer | September/October 2019
Canceling When Sick
Sing only if you feel you can accurately represent yourself and not do additional damage. Anytime you have pain when you are singing, or if you have felt a sudden pain and change of vocal technique, immediately stop singing until you can be evaluated by an ENT.
Pay attention to side e ects from prescriptions, over-the-counter meds, vitamins, and supplements. All medications can a ect the voice, and it varies from person to person. Do your research and experiment as to what gives you the best relief with minimal drawback. A trusted doctor can help guide you.
Gastroesophageal re ux disease (GERD), commonly known as heartburn, occurs when stomach acid
travels back up the esophagus, irritating the lining. Laryngopharyngeal re ux (LPR) is when those same acids travel far enough up the esophageal tube to wash into the vocal tract and larynx, causing irritation, excessive mucus, and swelling. Untreated re ux can become a serious health condition.
Be disciplined about your health. Poor eating habits and excessive weight can lead to re ux and an overall lack of energy and can even impede your breathing. Lack of exercise can leave you unprepared for stage demands and lead to health problems down the road. The goal is not to be thin; the goal is to be healthy. Poor sleeping habits leave you vulnerable to a weakened immune system and make you more likely to get sick.
Dealing with rejection, working away from home and loved ones, singing in high-pressure situations, and constantly dealing with criticism can add intense levels of stress to a singer. It is important to  nd ways to cope: trusted friends or therapists, outside interests that give your life balance, breaks when you need it, and a healthy perspective on dealing with rejection.
Knowing Your Voice
Empower yourself by having basic knowledge of your own voice. Ask questions, seek out information, and speak intelligently with your doctor. Be able to give doctors as much information as possible and follow their directions implicitly. If you don’t trust or agree with the advice given to you by your doctor,  nd one you do trust or at least get a second opinion.
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