While voice rest is not the first line of treatment for most voice problems, it is still beneficial to stop talking in certain situations, such as acute laryngitis, after voice surgery, or in the case of vocal cord hemorrhage. There are times when voice rest is recommended to give the vocal cords a break from vibration so they can heal from injury. Your laryngologist may recommend about a week of voice rest. During this time you can communicate by writing, sending emails or texts, or using a text-to-speech app on your smartphone.
Finding a balance between voice use and voice rest every day is important if you have a voice problem that worsens with overuse. Vocal pacing means not talking for small amounts of time (10 to 15 minutes) at intervals during the day to allow your vocal cords to recover from vibration. If your profession makes heavy demands on your voice, it's also important to take longer periods of voice rest outside of work. Without these recovery times, your vocal cords may be injured more quickly and heal more slowly. Vocal pacing is challenging but necessary, and your speech pathologist will work with you to develop good strategies for vocal pacing.
We work with singers of all levels, from those who sing for enjoyment to high-level performers who need immediate vocal services. Singing voice therapy involves the practice of high-intensity vocal exercises designed to help you improve your vocal range, endurance, and voice quality. Our goal is to return you to your highest level of vocal performance, allowing you to continue singing and helping you avoid recurrence of the voice problem.