— Rickie Louise Miller (@RickieLouise) July 22, 2014
Advice on how to start mending a voice damaged by overuse:
We assume that your question’s intent is to find out what you can do to recover your singing voice:
You want to start by finding out what kind of “damage” you are dealing with. Although vocal damage due to overuse very often has its reason in bad vocal technique, you want to know how serious the impact on your voice is and what exactly you are dealing with. Therefore, you should first make an appointment with an ENT, who can tell you whether there is a pathological abnormality to your voice or just a functional problem. Medical treatment may be necessary.
After medical treatment, (as soon as your ENT gives you permission), or in the case of a purely functional problem, you should focus on bringing your voice into a functional balance by developing a healthy singing technique, and to accomplish this depends on the individual case. We therefore suggest that you look for a good singing teacher.
Here on our website, we have a list of IVA certified voice teachers that we recommend. Very generally, in cases of damaged voices, semi-occluded exercises like the “lip bubble,” “lip trill,” or even the “straw exercise” are good starting points.