Speech and voice impairments are common among those living with Parkinson’s. As many as 90% of people with Parkinson’s experience difficulties such as “hypophonia” (soft speech) or a more monotone, raspy or breathy voice (Duffy, 2005).
Vocal hygiene Tips and Advice:
- Keep your vocal chords moist and lubricated. Sip plenty of water throughout the day.
- Do not shout.
- Avoid making sound effects with your voice.
- Do not cough and clear your throat, instead swallow and take a drink of water.
- Have periods of voice rest, particularly if demand on your voice is high.
- Avoid environments with smoke, fumes, strong odours or chemicals.
- Avoid cough sweets and lozenges.
- Slow down, speak, clearly and slowly.
- A voice amplifier may be useful in loud environments (e.g. public speaking, teaching etc.)