Five tips to avoid telecommuting voice problems
85% of new cases of dysphonia, along with other similar vocal disorders, originate from the onset of childbirth, especially among those who have started working from home.
BY RRHHDigital, 2:45 p.m. – April 21, 2021
Meetings by videoconference, incessant phone calls, voice notes to colleagues … These are activities that in just over a year have become the daily life of millions of people around the world due to the rise of teleworking. However, the emergence of remote working has also represented an increase in cases of vocal problems such as dysphonia (difficulty producing a normal voice, from hoarseness to complete hoarseness) or other disorders like dry throat. .
According to a study recently published in the Journal of Voice, the origin of 85% of new cases of dysphonia, along with other similar vocal disorders, dates back to the start of detention, especially among those who started working from home. .
For this reason, on the occasion of the Month of the Voice which is celebrated in April, ProntoPro.es, the portal that brings together the supply and demand for professional and craft work, consulted various voice trainers registered on the platform, listing five basic recommendations for caring for the voice in times of pandemic and teleworking, with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of vocal health for communication.
Warm up your voice. The voice should be warmed up before you start using, so it is recommended not to make a wake-up call. Ideally, before starting the day, vocalizations and muscle relaxation exercises should be done. Don’t speak too fast and take breaks to catch your breath. Learning to measure your breathing and take appropriate pauses while speaking is an essential practice in taking care of your voice; as excessive breathing dries up the vocal cords, while shortness of breath causes scratching of the voice. Therefore, you need to speak calmly, in order to keep your vocal cords relaxed and to feel less tired at the end of the day. Yawn if necessary. During yawning, there is an enlargement of both the mouth and the larynx, which allows for greater vocal fullness and greater articulatory clarity, so it is advisable not to suppress this act too much, always with the hand in front of the mouth, please! Yes to water, but not cold and without gas. Experts recommend drinking 2-3 liters of water per day, although at room temperature and without bubbles. Keeping the throat and vocal cords hydrated will allow proper mucus production that surrounds the vocal cords and keep them elastic. Deep breathing It is advisable to inhale and exhale every now and then during the day, as inflating the abdomen and trying to feel the breath throughout the body will help the diaphragm muscles activate and support the voice.
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