What increases my risk for voice disorders?

Jonathan Aviv, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
Aside from using your voice incorrectly, smoking and what you eat are the most common causes of hoarseness and voice disorders. In this video, otolaryngologist Jonathan Aviv, MD, explains the factors that could increase your risk of voice problems. 

Behaviors such as smoking and vocal misuse (screaming, yelling, and speaking a lot or singing incorrectly) can profoundly increase your risk of developing a voice disorder. Other risk factors include throat infections, allergies, and exposure to inhaled irritants. While voice disorders are not always completely preventable, reducing risky behaviors such as smoking and vocal misuse can reduce your chances of developing one of these conditions.

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Some of the most common symptoms of voice disorders are a change in your voice (it becomes either deeper or raspy), you have trouble singing, your throat feels raw or itchy and you find yourself repeatedly clearing your throat. Th...

ese symptoms can be caused by inflammation, respiratory infection, growths on your vocal cords or just by overusing your voice if you are for example a professional singer or a member of a cheerleading squad. If you develop a voice disorder, you may want to see an otolaryngologist to determine the cause of your voice problem.

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