Most of us don’t give our voices a second thought, even though we use them every day to talk, sing, shout, laugh, hum or scream.
But Norman Hogikyan, M.D., spends every day thinking about voices: those of his patients.
As director of the U-M Vocal Health Center, he treats everyone from teachers to opera singers for ailments that affect their speaking and singing ability. Too many people abuse their voices, he says, or fail to recognize changes in their voice that actually signal some greater danger.
This week, in honor of World Voice Day, he offers top tips and other information to help us all get educated about vocal health.