During the winter months, it’s important to protect your voice
from the impact of colder weather. Whether you’re a singer, a teacher, a busy parent or anyone else who needs to rely on a strong voice, there are plenty of ways to prevent the chilly air from changing the way you sound. Here are some top tips to help your voice in cold weather:
- Watch your breathing. Cold, dry air can be harsh on the larynx and lungs, so breathe in through your nose to let the air warm up before it hits your system. Breathe out through your mouth and nose.
- Use a humidifier. When the humidity in your home is less than 35 percent, your voice can show the effects. Try a humidifier, or for a lower-cost option, run a hot shower and sit in the bathroom for a few minutes to take in some steam.
- Plan ahead. If you need to sing or give a speech during the cold months, try to get to your destination about 20 minutes early to help your larynx acclimate to the temperature.
- Drink up. Sip a warm beverage to soothe your larynx. Make it decaf, though. Caffeinated drinks can dehydrate the vocal folds.
- And bundle up. A major portion of your body’s heat loss happens at the head and neck, so turn to the old basics: a hat and scarf. You’ll help your vocal cords stay warm and ready to go.
During the winter months and all year long, taking care of your voice can be a delicate art. For personalized advice on keeping your vocal cords healthy, just call our team of experts to learn more.