30 Vocal Tips in 30 Days
No. 18 AHEM…ABOUT CLEARING YOUR THROAT
Clearing your throat is a reflexive response; something everyone does. It’s the result of a tickle, allergies, or sinus conditions among other things. It’s a really stressful way to use your voice, but probably won’t do any damage if it’s just now and then. If you find you’re clearing your voice often, or have been clearing your voice (enough that you notice) for three months or more, then you need help. It could have become chronic, and if it continues will result in vocal damage. A laryngologist can help you with that.
In the meantime, try drinking more water, hum for a bit rather than clearing your voice, and if you must, coughing is better than throat-clearing.
TAKEAWAY: If you’re clearing your throat enough that it’s bugging you, then it’s bugging your voice, too. Time to see an ENT.