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Please help me!!! Did i permanantly damage my voice?

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Matthew Ruiz
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So i am in my highschools marching band. On friday we had a game so naturally my voice was a litle hoarse from it like usual. The next day was our states marching band showcase. This was an all day event that was very exciting and so again, more cheering and screaming. About mid way through that day, I noticed my voice had lost alot of its upper range. The next day when i woke up my voice was very hoarse and i could hardly sing. A few days have passed and most of my voice has returned, but my head voice is still gone. There is no sound where i would normally slip into head voice. Please help im gonna be really pissed of off at myself if i permanently messed my voice up.

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So i am in my highschools marching band. On friday we had a game so naturally my voice was a litle hoarse from it like usual. The next day was our states marching band showcase. This was an all day event that was very exciting and so again, more cheering and screaming. About mid way through that day, I noticed my voice had lost alot of its upper range. The next day when i woke up my voice was very hoarse and i could hardly sing. A few days have passed and most of my voice has returned, but my head voice is still gone. There is no sound where i would normally slip into head voice. Please help im gonna be really pissed of off at myself if i permanently messed my voice up.

I'd say no, as 1) a lot of the vocal "experts" :P around here have said that you REALLY have to be consistent with blowing your voice out and straining to do anything permanent, unless you just have a genetic predisposition to doing permanent damage, and 2) I lost my voice for basically an entire week last December and it was confirmed by a visit to the ENT 2 weeks ago that my vocal cords are completely fine.

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So i am in my highschools marching band. On friday we had a game so naturally my voice was a litle hoarse from it like usual. The next day was our states marching band showcase. This was an all day event that was very exciting and so again, more cheering and screaming. About mid way through that day, I noticed my voice had lost alot of its upper range. The next day when i woke up my voice was very hoarse and i could hardly sing. A few days have passed and most of my voice has returned, but my head voice is still gone. There is no sound where i would normally slip into head voice. Please help im gonna be really pissed of off at myself if i permanently messed my voice up.

It will return, provided you quit abusing the voice to cause it to inflame like that.

In the meantime, never mind how "girly" it sounds, do some falsetto descending slides, nor more than 10 minutes worth, twice a day. Give it two weeks.

And find a better way to project your voice than just hoarse shouting.

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yeah my brother, those falsetto descending slides can really (from personal experience) really start to hold over time and become more "leanable" and solid to where you can bring in the pharyngeal and the full voice.

And they foster the return of fine control. It's not whispering but it is quieter than hollering "Hook 'em Horns!" (battlecry of the University of Texas Longhorns.) And our handsign is the same as Dio's, believe it or not. \m/

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So i am in my highschools marching band. On friday we had a game so naturally my voice was a litle hoarse from it like usual. The next day was our states marching band showcase. This was an all day event that was very exciting and so again, more cheering and screaming. About mid way through that day, I noticed my voice had lost alot of its upper range. The next day when i woke up my voice was very hoarse and i could hardly sing. A few days have passed and most of my voice has returned, but my head voice is still gone. There is no sound where i would normally slip into head voice. Please help im gonna be really pissed of off at myself if i permanently messed my voice up.

Matthew Ruiz: As others have said, vocal rest, no whispering, some light phonation siren exercises for 10-15 mins a session, 2 sessions a day.

And, next time you have a game... support your voice just like you do when you sing, and do not push you voice to a louder level than you would when singing. Anything more, and you'll upset the coordination and cause the inflamation like you have.

I hope this is helpful.

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