World Voice Day
April 16th, 2018
World Voice Day is April 16th.
We’re bringing awareness all month long!
About World Voice Day
This month the National Sinus Institute is focused toward a vocal health initiative. April 16th is recognized each year as World Voice Day. This is a day designated to support good voice health. The intent is to encourage men and women, young and old, to assess their vocal health and take action to improve or maintain good voice habits. The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery has sponsored the U.S. observance of World Voice Day since its inception in 2002.
More info and resources can be found at: https://www.entnet.org/worldvoiceday/
Quick Summary of 2018
- If you have voice changes following an illness that has lasted longer than 2-4 weeks you should be evaluated by an ENT office.
- If you have smoked, or have been exposed to second-hand smoke, and have voice changes lasting longer than 4 weeks, then your evaluation should include an in-office laryngoscopy.
- Laryngoscopy is recommended to be done before any imaging, acid reflux medication trials, oral steroids or voice therapy.
Questions to Determine
Significant Voice Changes
- Has your voice become hoarse or raspy?
- Does your throat often feel raw, achy, or strained?
- Does talking require more effort?
- Do you find yourself repeatedly clearing your throat?
- Do people regularly ask you if you have a cold when in fact you do not?
- Have you lost your ability to hit some high notes when singing?