Magazine article Working Mother

Talk Therapy

Magazine article Working Mother

Talk Therapy

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Working moms' voices get hit doubly hard because they talk a lot at the office and then talk-sometimes loudly-to their kids when they get home. "Because of this, working mothers are at risk for hoarseness, an undertreated condition that can result in irreversible damage and pain," says Milan Amin, MD, director of the New York University Voice Center. Symptoms include a hoarse voice that lasts longer than three weeks, people often asking you if you have a cold when you don't, difficulty raising your voice and/or frequent throat pain or tightness when you talk. This kind of hoarseness is generally caused by calluses, called nodules, on your vocal cords. They can typically be remedied by speech therapy (which teaches you how to relax your tongue, shoulder and neck muscles when speaking). So if you've noticed these symptoms in yourself, see an ear, nose and throat specialist for an evaluation. To prevent a problem and to make sure your vocal cords stay in top shape:

Use a microphone for public speaking. …

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