Why Do You Keep Losing Your Voice?

· April 3, 2017
Do you lose your voice a lot? Find out why and how you can treat this common problem in this article.

Are you one of those people who continually loses their voice and doesn’t know why? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

There are people who are more likely to have this problem, although it’s not always due to physical weakness.

No matter the cause of losing your voice, the truth is that this complication can hinder your professional performance as well as personal relationships.

Therefore, it’s important to know why this phenomenon occurs and how to help treat it.

Today, we’d like to take a look at just that.

Factors that cause you to lose your voice

Your job

There are professions which require you to use your voice a lot.

Among those most likely to have vocal problems are:

  • Teachers
  • Interpreters
  • Event planners
  • Singers
  • Telephone operators
  • Waiters
  • And many more!

If one of these is your job, we recommend using natural remedies to help you cope with excessively using your voice.

It’s even a good idea to go to a speech therapist who will teach you techniques for using your voice in a healthier way.

Acoustic conditions

In urban areas, we’re bombarded with traffic noise the moment we step outside.

If we go to a cafeteria or a restaurant, the same thing happens. There could also be loud music that forces people to raise their voices.


In the end, you strain your voice so much that there comes a time when you notice how your throat starts to hurt when all you did is to have a quiet chat with a friend. This is a very common cause of vocal problems.

Environmental Conditions

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Unfortunately, the quality of the air we breathe in cities is getting worse every day.

The most obvious example is found in big metropolitan cities, whose pedestrians are forced to wear masks to walk outside.

Moreover, centralized air conditioning can also cause great problems, since it dries up the mucosa that protects the airways.

Reasons you’ve lost your voice

In addition, there are other significant health reasons why you may frequently lose your voice. These include:

Tobacco

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You know about how cigarettes affect the lungs, but did you know that it can cause vocal cord (laryngeal) cancer?

We’re talking about something far from a residual disease.

The good news is that this type of cancer isn’t very aggressive, so when it’s detected early it’s usually curable.

When you lose your voice, this aphonia or dysphonia can become an opportunity to find this type of cancer and to get rid of it.

It’s advisable to go to the doctor if the problem is recurrent.

Nodules and polyps

Although these two things are different, they’re both lumps that appear on the vocal cords.

The phenomenon is comparable to calluses on your feet caused by using inadequate footwear for a long time.

Hence, when we maintain bad habits for a long time or work forces us to talk too much, our speech apparatus are injured.

Polyps and nodules are an example of such incidents.

As for their treatment, nodules can disappear by practicing new ways of talking or singing. If they don’t disappear, then surgery will be used.

Polyps, for their part, are usually removed directly in an operating room.

Acute laryngitis

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This is the least serious problem. This involves inflammation of the larynx, which goes away on its own or by taking medication.

However, there are people who suffer from it very often.

If you suffer from this condition, you should ideally look for alternative therapies that teach you how to optimize the functioning of your larynx without the organ suffering.

If you’ve lost your voice because of this, you don’t have much to worry about, but you can do something to improve your condition.

Gastroesophageal reflux

You may experience that classic heartburn which is accompanied by an unpleasant taste that tells you that you may have acid reflux, which is quite harmful.

As a result, the acid reflux gradually damages the organs it comes into contact with.

The first thing to fix this problem is to eat foods that are lighter and easier to digest. This is how you’ll improve the health of your throat while taking care of the discomfort.

Given all this, it’s advisable to ask for a doctor’s opinion. Once you’re told where the problem is, you can act accordingly.

However, it’s also best to look for long-term useful alternatives. When in doubt, some sessions with a speech pathologist wouldn’t hurt. These sessions will help you get your voice back and help prevent the problem from occurring in the future.