A SINGER’S SILENT ASSASSIN!

There are a few different reasons why voice problems occur. Vocal cord problems include various symptoms and are mostly caused by abuse and misuse of the singing voice. Overuse of the voice, such as singing incorrectly will cause strain and over time will create vocal cord dysfunction. The singer’s silent assassin is acid reflux (reflux laryngitis, gastroesophageal reflux) basically any type of acid reflux which is stomach acid frequently flowing back into the tube which connects the mouth and stomach. Everyone will experience acid reflux from time to time, but if it happens frequently, you will experience a decline in your voice. Some singers experience acid reflux and do not even know it.

If you have acid reflux you will experience heartburn, although reflux laryngitis does not produce heartburn. Acid reflux is stomach acid travels up the esophagus and into the throat creating hoarseness, throat clearing and difficulty swallowing. People with acid reflux or reflux laryngitis (silent reflux) will experience the following symptoms: hoarseness, frequently clearing the throat, cough, sore throat or a sensation of a lump in the throat, voice fatigue, heartburn, loss of range or even burping. What you should do is avoid fried food, do not eat right before bedtime, do not eat heavy food at night, stay away from caffeine & alcohol.

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