Surgery or radiation therapy in the head and neck area can result in voice changes. A hoarse voice is also known as dysphonia.
The following are some suggestions to guide you in taking care of your voice, and overcoming and preventing some voice problems.
Our vocal cords need to keep hydrated to work effectively. Air-conditioning and breathing through the mouth can increase dryness in our vocal tracts. Caffeine, alcohol, and some medication can also cause dehydration. Good hydration keeps the vocal cords moist both internally and on the surface.
Overuse of our voice can lead to new or worsened voice problems. Being careful of the way we use our voice and our conversation environment can help protect our voice from further voice problems.
Our vocal cords are very sensitive to irritation. Dust and some chemicals can cause inflammation. Throat clearing and coughing can also cause trauma to the vocal cords.
Besides the above suggestions, your speech therapist can also work with you on voice therapy exercises and other voice care practices to optimise your voice quality.