It is very important for people who use their voice often or who rely on their voice for their occupation to have excellent vocal quality at all times. This means that your voice sounds clear and powerful. If you use your voice a lot (overuse/abuse), you can become very hoarse and speaking becomes difficult, painful, and inconvenient, leading to more permanent voice problems if left untreated.
Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to prevent or alleviate these issues. However, if you do become acutely hoarse, the first step is to see your Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor.
The top reasons one would experience a decline in vocal quality include:
- Vocal abuse
- Vocal misuse
- Acid reflux or GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease)