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Articles by Anthony F. Jahn

  • Can Herbs Save Your Voice?

    VoiceCouncil Magazine asks Anthony F. Jahn, MD, to respond to the article, "Singing on Espresso"

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  • Premenstrual Singing

    "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!"

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  • Curing the Itchy Throat

    I've heard that its "bad" to clear your throat with an "Ahem!" - is that really true?

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  • When Will My Voice Be Normal?

    "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?"

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  • My Ear Never Popped Clear!

    Dear Doctor Jahn, It’s been months and one of my ears never “popped” clear after a flight! To make things worse, when I sing it sounds like I’m wearing earplugs. I’ve had scans etc and there appears to be nothing wrong. There’s no allergies or anything else I can think of – help! Those who […]

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  • My Band Plays Outside My Range!

    Dr. Jahn, My band likes to play our songs in the keys that they are used to, but often those keys are too high or too low for my voice, and require me to strain. What can I tell them to help them understand why singers need to sing songs that sit well in their […]

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  • Can I Sing “Sultry-Sexy”?

    Dear Doctor Jahn, I’m curious: I have a friend who sings in a sultry, airy voice. My voice is more clear (I think both styles are great) – but what is it, exactly, that makes her voice sound “breathy”? And could I do that??? Ken Dear Ken, What an interesting question! The answer is complex, […]

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  • I Don’t Want My Voice to Fail!

    Dear Doctor Jahn – I’m just about to embark on a major European tour (2 gigs a day, seven days a week for 5 weeks) – and I don’t want my voice to fail! I’m open to any advice! -Gary Dear Gary, Touring can be stressful to your body on many levels, and before we […]

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  • Have I Messed Up My Voice?

    Dear Dr. Jahn, I’ve been sick for a long time – first with a sore throat followed by an infection. Then, I suffered with allergies and now I’m sick again! I tried singing earlier today and it sounded really bad – do you think I have messed up my voice? How would I know if […]

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  • Endless Phlegm!

    We’ve already worked on all the obvious things – trying to cut down on dairy foods, steaming, introducing more water, reducing stress, warming up gently etc. etc. but we haven’t seen any real improvement.

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  • Is it Really Reflux?

    Dear Doctor Jahn, I want to get rid of acid reflux. In my case I am wondering if it is possible that wisdom teeth on only the bottom jaw can cause throat problems and reflux? I only have wisdom teeth on the bottom jaw and I’ve had problems with my throat closing when I sing […]

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  • I Want My Voice Back

    Dear Doctor Jahn, I am a teacher and singer – as a result I don’t have much chance to rest my voice. 2 months ago I had a cold, lost my voice and since then have found that both my speaking and singing voice have not recovered their full strength. Talking for too long is […]

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  • Attack of the Phlegm

    You can get on stage with a clear head…and nose -says Dr. Jahn Oh, Dr. Jahn, I am being assaulted by Phlegm when I perform! I even hate revealing this! But when I get on stage the inner mucous production seems to go into over-drive and I am constantly clearing my throat and swallowing. I […]

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  • Polyps, Nodules – The Same Thing?

    Dear Dr. Jahn, I’m confused. I have developed a hoarse voice, and saw a couple of ENT doctors. One said I had a nodule, the other one thought I had a polyp. Are they not the same thing? Confused Dear Confused, In fact, polyps and nodules of the vocal folds are quite different entities, both […]

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  • Worry Drives My Singing

    Dear Dr. Jahn, Every time I have a gig, I worry that I will get a cold, or that my rehearsals leading up to the gig will wear out my voice for the gig. A friend told me that all my worrying could be causing some of my vocal problems! Could this be true? -Sienna […]

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  • Why Water Feels Good

    Dear Dr. Jahn, I’ve heard that the water you drink never actually touches your vocal folds. So why does it feel so good to drink water during my gigs, if the water isn’t even coming in contact with them? -Jerry Dear Jerry, You’re absolutely right: the water you swallow does not touch your vocal folds. […]

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  • Please Help My Raspy Voice.

    Dr. Jahn, I often wake up with a raspy voice (due to a cold, or acid reflux, or a late night of singing), but I have to talk all day at my job. What are some exercises or tricks to help me get my raspy voice ready for the day? -Kendra Dear Kendra, “Morning voice” […]

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  • Too Much Mucous

    Get to the root cause of the excess "stuff" blocking your singing -says Dr. Jahn

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  • Singing When Sick

    The show can still go on - but don't make singing when ill a habit -says Dr. Jahn

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  • Talk Better, Sing Better

    Reap vocal benefits by applying technique to your talking –says Dr. Jahn

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  • Water is My Cure-All

    Singing and ice-skating have something important in common –says Dr. Jahn.

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  • Do I Need A Sore Throat?

    Have your vocal power come from your abdomen and chest -says Dr. Jahn

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  • The Post-Nodule Singer

    Nodules can actually be compared to corns on your toes –says Dr. Jahn

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  • Ugh. I’ve Got A Cold!

    Learn the ways to minimize vocal stress and strain when you have to sing with a cold -says Dr. Jahn

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  • My Voice Needs Help – Now.

    Know the symptoms that mean a trip to the ENT sooner rather than later...

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  • My Bowels Aren’t Cooperating…

    It's time to rehearse some ways through high anxiety -says Dr. Jahn

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  • I Don’t Have Time to Rest My Voice

    Be a sleuth and discover the behaviours that made you need to rest your voice in the first place...

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  • Support Your Voice III: Breathing, Again.

    Sing with less muscle effort and sustain your voice for longer phrases -says Dr. Anthony Jahn

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  • Grand Marnier, Anyone?

    What about the effectiveness of some of those politically incorrect remedies?

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  • My Voice is Getting Raspy

    Dr. Jahn explores solutions to autumn-winter raspiness.

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