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So many things can go wrong that affect one's voice. Reflux, allergies, hormones, and medications all can affect your voice in ways you may not realize. We also demystify some wives tales about what to take when you're hoarse

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Dry sore throat

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Comment by Pat Duke on February 29, 2012 at 4:14pm

Anything wrong with gargling with Hydrogen Peroxide to help protect yourself against throat infections?  It seems to work.

Comment by Heather Anne Henderson on April 6, 2010 at 3:59pm
Check out the other VU group, "Ask a Casting Director." In several of the most recent posts, she discusses this and has some interesting insights, like how too much water may actually be counter-productive. . . .
Comment by Ken Bishop on April 5, 2010 at 9:25pm
I'm in the same situation with Heather...clicking and popping sounds. It's not a huge deal as most I can edit out prior to sending but it would be nice to have more control when laying down tracks and NOT click especially when working live with a producer. Thanks for any help.
Comment by Heather Anne Henderson on April 5, 2010 at 5:15pm
Hey, just found you in VU groups, and I'm happy for the chance to ask this question: any recommendations for minimizing those clicks that the base of the tongue makes when you open your mouth? I don't have a big problem with them, but I have tried Singer's Saving Grace, eating green apples, Entertainer's Throat Spray, and Thayer's lozenges and nothing seems to minimize them. Thanks!
Comment by Claudia Jordin on January 13, 2010 at 1:46pm
Hey Dr. Sims,
I'm new here but I met you a few years ago when my mother was a patient of yours. I look forward to any advice you can give me to protect my voice as I am a singer and an aspiring VO actor.
Comment by Rick Marcil on January 11, 2010 at 8:27am
These are replies to two separate items:
1. Larry, try to vocalize in the morning every day, even on the days you are not recording.
2. Paul, for watery mouth try drinking a mixture of lemon juice and warm water. Also, instead of clearing your throat with a "grunt" sound, swallow or hum low to high.
Comment by Kim Ikonen on January 10, 2010 at 9:16am
Hi there, I went tot he stie http://alijorblog.com/2008/12/11/tips-for-winterizing-your-voice-by... but can't seem to load the page. Any alternate addresses?
Comment by Larry Wayne on January 9, 2010 at 11:36am
By the end of most days, I find my voice no longer has the range or power it used to. I keep my throat warm and don't shout. The cause is overuse on some days, I am sure - but there are other days when I have been not been using my voice all that much and it still seems weak to me. Any suggestions?
Comment by Christine Ivy on January 9, 2010 at 12:19am
Hello, since I am new to VO and one of my major interests is doing audio books; I know this will be a good group for me to be a part of. Talk to you later. Blessings:)
Comment by H. Steven Sims on June 17, 2009 at 10:14am
Hello all, I just want to comment on Zicam. It is probably safest not to use it until we understand better what happens. I don't personally know of anyone who lost their sense of smell solely from the use of this product, but it's not worth the risk.
 

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