Oct 23, 2013 10:00 PM

Author: Lori Bonham

Recently, singer Pink postponed and rescheduled her Salt Lake City and Denver concerts for her “Truth About Love Tour,” under doctor’s orders to rest her voice. Pink tweeted, “Thanks for all the support y’all. Not very dramatic—doctor just wants me on complete vocal rest for four days to heal.”

Pink’s voice problem is one that occurs quite frequently in singers, teachers or others who use their voice regularly for work. “Even highly trained voice users can develop voice problems,” said Dr. Katherine Kendall, voice specialist at University of Utah Health.

Voice disorders are caused when the voice has a problem with pitch, volume, tone, and other qualities. These problems can occur when the vocal cords don’t vibrate normally. However, many voice disorders can be cured with treatment when diagnosed early.

Vocal damage may not hurt, so watch for these five signs and symptoms:

  • Hoarseness or undesirable voice quality
  • Vocal fatigue (voice wears out or worsens with use)
  • Fluctuating voice quality
  • Reduced volume or pitch flexibility
  • Pain or soreness associated with voice use

As in Pink’s case, the best thing you can do is give your voice a rest, and drink plenty of water. For more information contact the Voice Disorders Center at University of Utah Health call 801-587-8368.

Lori Bonham

Lori Bonham is a marketing manager at University of Utah Health Care. Follow her on Twitter: @bonhaml

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