Countdown to World Voice Day

30 Vocal Tips in 30 Days

No. 23 Whispering Doesn't Work

You’ve probably had inflamed vocal folds from laryngitis, allergies, overuse, etc. at one time or another. When you did, you probably whispered rather than using your raspy-sounding voice.

While you may be one of those people for whom whispering is just fine (Laryngeal Hyperfunction During Whispering: Reality or Myth?) it’s more likely that you’re causing more stress and trauma to your voice by whispering than you would by speaking with both a low pitch and a low volume.

Ideally, of course, you would allow yourself complete vocal rest and hydrate like mad. But that isn't always possible. So if you have to speak when you have laryngitis, avoid the whisper.

TAKEAWAY: Though it seems counter-intuitive, speaking with both a low pitch and low volume is actually easier on inflamed or infected vocal folds than whispering.

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