I've got a concert coming up and I don't think that merely clearing my throat is going to get me to my low D!
A couple weeks ago, our reader was singing a high note and felt some sharp pain on in their throat... Dr Jahn answers their query.
I’m a singer and over-talker - and now I have constant hoarseness - help!
Doc: I had a thyroidectomy, and I have not been able to recover my voice as yet.
I hear a lot of "air"/hissing in my upper register - will vocal rest heal this?
"Dr Jahn: I experience mild pain when I talk for more than five minutes..."
It appears that pollen, dust or any other allergies are NOT causing my throat to be dry - so, what is going on?
"I start out singing beautifully but through the course of the song when going up in range it becomes a struggle of embarrassment. Help!"
Dr. Jahn: I produce a lot of mucus daily and it gets irritating when I'm trying practice my singing. Help...
Lowered larynx” and “tilted thyroid” - I don't know what these things are! Can you explain?
Dr, Jahn, I'm a busy singer who wants a magical pill to protect me from getting a cold!
I have heard acid reflux can lead to throat tension. Is this true? How so?
What is the best way to build my breathing - just deep breathing and exercise? I want to get back to singing!
Dr. Jahn: What about the effect of coffee on acid reflux? I’ve read that that is what’s detrimental to the voice. What’s your view?
Dear Dr. Jahn, can I start enjoying the odd cup of coffee without hurting my voice?
The other night when I strained my voice at a three hour gig with a bad sound system - how much voice rest do I need?
My falsetto is almost gone and my range has shrunk. Is this due to aging or just the hiatus from singing?
If acid is coming up in your esophagus, how does it irritate the vocal cords, given that they are in the wind pipe?
“Dr. Jahn: I don’t have time to be sick – I gig 6 nights a week! But here I am with a temperature (102), sore throat...”
"Dr. Jahn - I have some gigs coming up and want to know what kind of voice rest (total?) I need before I can sing !"
"Dr. Jahn: I have a group of friends who are “fitness freaks” and each into something different – one swears by pilates another weightlifting..."
"I heard a coach say that you can apply an anti-inflammatory ointment such as a hemorrhoid cream right on the outside of your throat??"
Dr. Jahn, everyone always says “drink water well before your gig” – but it always feels good to drink water as I’m performing! So I am wondering if this is not the whole truth!
What is happening in the morning with my cool, raspy sound , and is there a way to sustain this voice for performances?
"I think I understand that my throat and neck should be relaxed when singing – so what is the deal with the tongue?"
I think I just barely understand the "vocal folds" and then someone mentioned that I should know about the “false folds” Huh??? This is getting weird and complicated. Help!
VoiceCouncil Magazine asks Anthony F. Jahn, MD, to respond to the article, "Singing on Espresso"
"Dear Doctor Jahn: a friend told me I should never sing in my premenstrual period. Is that good advice? Or, should I just ignore it!"
I've heard that its "bad" to clear your throat with an "Ahem!" - is that really true?
"Dear Dr. Jahn, After I've had a cold or cough, once the congestion and coughing are completely gone, how much longer should it take for my voice to go back to normal?"