Vocal Tips to Live By



The National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS) has compiled this list to help keep your voice and healthy and keep you talking.

Try to avoid substances that can dry out your voice, such as cough drops with menthol, caffeine, and alcohol. Certain medications can be drying as well, so ask your physician about potential drying effects if you use your voice extensively. For a list of the 200 most frequently prescribed medications in the U.S. and their effects on voice and speech, visit www.ncvs.org/ncvs/info/vocol/rx.html.


Remember, hoarseness or breathiness that lasts for more than two weeks may signal a voice disorder, and you should consult with a voice pathologist.




Voice Pathologists in the D.C. Area

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists (Chevy Chase)
Dr. Jack Williams, 301-652-8847
Dr. Christopher Mesick, 301-652-8847


Voice and Communication Consultant
Susan Miller, Ph.D., 202-444-8186




Reprinted from the NCVS handout, "Vocal Tips to Live By." Visit their website at www.ncvs.org.