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Date: 20 September 2021
Every year on April 16 the Trust celebrates World Voice Day.
World Voice Day is about all things voice. Voice is a fascinating human ability to speak, sing, laugh and cry in a way that is totally unique to every one of us.
World Voice Day has been celebrated since 1999 and on this day, voice care professionals and researchers such as Speech and Language therapists, Ear Nose and Throat specialists and professional voice users across the world, gather together to shine a light on the phenomenon of the human voice.
This year our voice community at St. Mary’s Hospital is making World Voice Day special by drawing attention to the virtual voice and how to maintain a healthy voice online. We are also delighted to share Sophie’s inspirational story.
The virtual voice:
Last year has brought dramatic changes to the way we live. One of these changes is the use of video platforms to communicate with our colleagues, clients, friends, and family. We have discovered that we can do so much via video meetings without even leaving our desks. However, this can take its toll on our voices. Voice fatigue, hoarseness, throat discomfort, neck and back pain and increased mental stress are being reported frequently.
Video meetings can be challenging for a number of reasons: poor auditory and visual reception, the increased effort required to process elements of non-verbal communication, self-awareness of being watched, delays (lag), sitting for a long time in one position with the head held forward and a crouched back. Talking for a long period of time in an uncomfortable position can make the muscles around the larynx (voice box) tense. Prolonged tension in those muscles can result in a lack of coordination of the vocal system. This can cause the voice to become croaky and weak and speaking effortful. This can lead to vocal injury.
Tips for a healthy voice:
Meet Sophie. Sophie is a teacher working and living in Newport. Her voice condition has not stopped her from teaching, and she has become an inspiring influence to those around her. Watch Sophie share her story.