Can Vocal implants Make You A Better Singer?
When we talk about singing, most of us rarely talk about our vocal cords, and would begin by emphasizing our breathing, since the first action that we do is actually to breathe before we even begin to make any sound! We believe that once we train ourselves to be able to control our breathing well, we will be able to sing well too.
However, equally important is our set of vocal cords, which is the origin of our strong and healthy voice! Without them, we would have NO voice, even if we have a strong diaphragm and lots of breath in our lungs.
Our vocal cords are actually housed in what we call our ‘voice box’ or larynx, also commonly known as our ‘Adam’s Apple’, which is most easily seen as a bulge in most men’s throats.
These cords produce sound through rapid vibration with the passage of air between the set of cords. When the air passes through the cords, forcing them apart, the cords immediately close back, creating multiple vibrations at a certain frequency, and this creates what our human ear perceives as the sound of our voice. This also means that our vocal cords bear the brunt of the air pressure created when we sing!
The vocal cords, also known as vocal folds, are folds of tissue in the throat that are key in creating sounds through vocalization.
The size of vocal cords affects the pitch of voice. Open when breathing and vibrating for speech or singing, the folds are controlled via the vagus nerve.
They are composed of twin infoldings of mucous membrane stretched horizontally, from back to front, across the larynx. They vibrate, modulating the flow of air being expelled from the lungs during phonation.
Doctors often ask about your symptoms and lifestyle, listen to your voice, and ask you how long you’ve had voice problems.
To further evaluate your voice problems.
Your doctor will look at your vocal cords using a mirror or a thin, flexible tube (known as a laryarooscope or endoscope) or both. You may also have a test called videostrobolaryngoscopy that’s done using a special scope that contains a tiny camera at its tip or a larger camera connected to the scope’s viewing piece.
You probably learned when you were young that your voice comes from your voice box, also called your larynx. The larynx contains muscles called “vocal folds” that are covered by a mucous membrane. For your vocal folds to vibrate properly and produce a clear voice, you must keep the mucous membrane hydrated. Systemic hydration means maintaining healthy hydration levels throughout the tissues of the body.
- Long-term hydration is far more important than short-term hydration, so chugging water the day before a performance will not help you
- Drink, at minimum, 8 glasses of pure water,not tea, not soft drinks every day.
- Avoid dehydrating drink that contain alcohol and caffeine.
- Drink extra water to compensate for alcohol or caffeine if you drink them.
- Avoid all carbonated drinks, even uncaffeinated ones, if they give you reflux.
- Practice topical hydration.Besides keeping your tissues internally hydrated, you can also keep your vocal cords moist and healthy through external means.
- Sip your 8 glasses of water throughout the day instead large amounts at once. This will ensure consistent external hydration.
- Chew gum and suck on hard candies to keep our salivary glands engaged.
- Swallow saliva from time to time to clean out your throat without clearing it, which is bad for your vocal cords.
- Maintain a humid environment. If you live in a dry climate, you can purchase a personal steam inhaler at a pharmacy or hold a hot wet towel over your mouth and nose for a few minutes.
You can become a better singer the old-fashioned way, with practice. While practice won’t magically improve your voice, you will become better at singing in tune, and your vocal range will improve – well enough to be considered a good singer, even if you can’t sing opera.
Of course, there is also auto-tune, which can make the most incompetent singers sound like they are perfectly in tune! Many top pop-stars autotune their voices.