“I can usually speak better in the warm weather,” he said.
For the acid reflux, Burnett eats a few hours before bedtime and watches what he eats to avoid potential problems.
Smith said that’s excellent advice for any patient, since many voice disorders are caused by inflammation, muscle tension in the neck and allergies. Smith also recommends taking medications and elevating your bed for patients with acid reflux.
These days, Burnett's smooth baritone voice is a little more gravely than he'd like. So he warns others not to take their instrument for granted.
“I had no control over my voice condition but there are a lot of things such as smoking that can affect your voice, yelling too much.,” said Burnett. “If you think you have a problem such as acid reflux that affects not just your throat but your voice, situations you might have the ability to control, I would strongly suggest you have it looked at.”
Preventing voice disorders
• Avoid smoking
• Drink plenty of water
• Use a microphone to talk to large groups or when speaking frequently
• Warm up the voice before speaking/singing
• Practice breathing techniques
• Avoid screaming or yelling
Appointments at the Voice Disorders Center are available by calling 801-587-3549.
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