How To Get Your Voice Back: A 3 Minute Guide
Learn the most effective ways to get your voice back in just three minutes.
Oh no! Whether it’s because of public speaking, a late night out with the girls, or yelling at your favorite football team on TV for too long, you’ve lost your voice. Speaking went from fun and easy to a challenge, and every time you open your mouth, you find yourself unable to make more than a low croak.
Despite this helping you sound a little closer to your idol Lana Del Rey, this is bad. Losing your voice hurts, it’s unhealthy, and it can cause permanent damage to your vocal cords if you’re not careful. Worst of all, people’s first reflex when they lose their voice is to start whispering — and this actually damages their vocal cords more than the alternative!
If you’re a long-time reader, you’ll know that I talk extensively about the importance of keeping your vocal cords strong and taut in my articles on maximizing your vocal skills. After several requests, I decided to create a quick and dirty guide to teach you how to get your voice back as quickly as possible. What follows is a science-based walkthrough on how to get your voice back.
Never Whisper Again
Most people’s first reflex when they lose their voice is to keep speaking in a low whisper. Don’t! The longer you do, the longer it’ll take to get your voice back.
Contrary to popular belief, whispering actually over-exerts your vocal cords by requiring more effort and contraction. Instead of switching to a low whisper, the moment you register that you’re starting to lose your voice, stop talking immediately. If you do have to say something, say it at average loudness in a neutral voice. Take A Warm Shower
Gargle With Salt Water Or An OTC Solution
The name of the game in getting your voice back is maximizing hydration. Over-use of your vocal cords leads to rawness and excessive drying — to help stimulate healing, you need to lubricate your throat.
Gargling with regular water doesn’t actually help as much as using a salt water solution. Salt water helps soothe the throat because of its isotonicity — basically, the cells in your throat have similar amounts of salt inside of them as the amount of salt in a glass of salt water. This prevents fluid from being pulled or pushed into the cell, allowing them to hydrate genty.
Steam Your Vocal Cords
In addition to gargling with salt water, another popular method of introducing hydration to your vocal cords is through steam. Warm steam both coats and helps relax the muscles of your throat. This encourages the healing process, and lets you get back to speaking louder faster.
One of the best ways to get your voice back faster is by chewing gum. Gum stimulates the salivary glands in the mouth, which produce soothing saliva with similar concentrations to the salt water we mentioned earlier. It also stimulates blood flow through repeated contractions of the muscles in the face.
In addition, the sugars in some gums can also help coat the throat, which assists healing — this is one of the reasons many people encourage sugar or honey for soreness.
Avoid Overly Acidic Foods For 12 Hours
Acidic foods in and of themselves do not impact your throat’s ability to heal. However, they do stimulate acid reflux, which can significantly slow down the rate at which your voice comes back.
To be safe, I always recommend avoiding acidic foods for at least twelve hours after the onset of your voice loss. One of the most common reasons voices stay lost for days rather than hours is because people lie down too quickly after consuming acidic foods, and this lets the acid of the stomach irritate the lining of your throat.
Avoid this problem entirely by staying away from acid!
Stay In A Humidified Environment
Similar to steaming your throat, this method is all maximizing the hydration of cells in your throat.
To really get your voice back as quickly as possible, you want to ensure that you’re breathing air with relatively high humidity. The increased number of water droplets in the air helps prevent your throat from drying out during regular breathing. Personally, I’ve found cool mist vaporizers to be a quick and easy choice — you can pick up my favorite variety here from Amazon.
And that’s a wrap! Losing your voice can be tough, but if you have the right mindset (and couple that mindset with the techniques I showed you in this guide), you’ll be just fine.
Expect to stay away from heavy public speaking or singing related activities for as much as two or three days while you’re recovering. Some cases can show spectacular recovery in as little as four hours, but most will need to wait at least a day to see significant improvement. Good luck!
If you liked this article, be sure to check out this one on maximizing your vocal attractiveness!