4 Tips on How To Fix A Breathy Voice

4 Tips on How To Fix A Breathy Voice



Voice Coach
07 Dec 2022 12:12

Do you have a breathy voice? It can be frustrating, especially if you don't know the cause. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help treat the condition. 

A breathy voice causes are often the result of an imbalance in the vocal cords. This can be caused by several things, such as allergies, anatomic abnormalities, or even vocal abuse. If you’re suffering from a breathy voice, there are a few things you can do to help treat the condition.  This blog post will explore some tips for how to fix a breathy voice without surgery or medicine. From avoiding certain foods and drinks to practicing specific exercises, read on to learn more about how you can make your own breathy voice therapy at home.

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Breathy voice causes

There are many possible causes of a breathy voice. The most common cause is functional vocal cord paralysis, which can be caused by various things, including damage to the nerves that control the vocal cords, tumors on the vocal cords, or inflammation of the vocal cords. Other possible causes include laryngeal paralysis, vocal cord scarring, vocal cord nodules, and vocal cord polyps. In most cases, a breathy voice can be treated with speech therapy and without any surgery.

Avoid dairy products and caffeine

If you have a breathy voice, you may wonder what you can do to treat it. One option is to avoid dairy products and caffeine.

Dairy products can cause mucus to build up in your throat, making your voice sound more breathy. Caffeine can also dehydrate you, making your voice sound raspier. If you decide to avoid dairy and caffeine, be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Quit smoking

If you smoke, the first step to treating your breathy voice is to quit smoking. Smoking irritates the vocal cords, leading to problems with your voice, such as a hoarse voice or a breathy voice.  Many resources are available to help you quit smoking, including counseling, medication, and support groups. Talk to your doctor about the best way for you to quit smoking.

Use a humidifier

If your voice sounds breathy, one possible cause is dehydration. When the air is dry, it can irritate the vocal cords and lead to a raspy voice. A humidifier can help add moisture to the air, which may help soothe your vocal cords and reduce the breathiness in your voice.

Drink plenty of fluids

When you’re dehydrated, your vocal cords are more likely to become inflamed and irritated. This can cause a raspy voice. To help prevent dehydration and soothe your throat, be sure to drink plenty of fluids as directed by your doctor. Some good options include:

Vocal Cords Closure Exercises

When your vocal cords cannot close properly, you may have a breathy voice. Many things, including vocal cord paralysis, and vocal cord nodules, can cause this. Treatment for a breathy voice will vary depending on the underlying cause. However, there are some exercises you can do to help improve your vocal cord closure and reduce your breathiness.

  1. Start doing gentle neck and shoulder rolls to loosen up the muscles around your vocal cords. Check this article to release tension in the larynx.

  2. Then, take a deep breath in through your nose and exhale slowly out through your mouth. Make sure to keep your jaws relaxed during this exercise.

  3. Next, try making an "s" sound while keeping your teeth slightly apart. You should feel a slight resistance in your throat when you do this correctly. Vocal Cords Massage Example

  4. Finally, hum for a few seconds while keeping your lips pursed as if you were going to whistle. Again, you should feel some resistance in your throat when done correctly.

Repeat these exercises several times daily to help improve the closure of your vocal cords and reduce breathiness in your voice.  Also, you can find guided vocal cords health lessons in the Vocal Image application


If you have a breathy voice, there are some things you can do to help improve it. First, make sure you're drinking plenty of fluids and staying hydrated throughout the day. Next, avoid any foods or drinks that could irritate your vocal cords. Finally, practice good vocal hygiene by using a humidifier and avoiding excessive talking or yelling. Follow the healthy section in the Vocal Image App to release tension in the muscles around your vocal cords and do closure exercises. If your voice is still breathy after following these tips, consult a doctor or speech therapist to see if there is another underlying cause. Try to check the free Vocal Image Youtube Channel to get more tips to take care of your voice at home.

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