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When I was around 12, I was pushing my voice quite hard. I had choir, vocal lesson, and practiced as much as I possibly could. I was singing classical and Broadway songs ( "Per la gloria d'adorarvi" or "Who will buy" as a couple examples). I had the odd fascination of "how high of notes can I hit?" I don't believe I was ever overly reckless, but Lo and behold, my voice started feeling strained and tight, and I had to work harder and harder to produce sound. Eventually, there was no sound with the exception of a breathy whisper. 

After a few weeks of this, I went to have my voice looked at at the ENT, and they couldn't see much of anything, except redness and slight swelling. There was no certain diagnoses. Finally, around six months after me first losing my voice, I could speak fine, and sort of sing.

It has been a few years since. My chest voice is still weak and shaky, and it cracks, breaks, and will occasionally leave me without a voice for a couple days. I miss singing though, and more specifically, I miss singing well. I don't know what to do. Could I have just badly strained my vocal cords? Would it have caused that much damage? Could that happen again? Should I try vocal therapy? I have no clue where to begin, or if I should just accept this and move on.

Thank you for any help you can give me!


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Have you been singing a lot in these few years now? Maybe your voice breaks now because it is not trained. Anyhow, vocal therapy should help you for sure because they'd know how to guide you, at least in speaking, and it seems guide is what you need the most right now. :)

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I also think you got scared by the horse that threw you. Get back on the horse, so to speak. Get some lessons, learn how to manage the breath and find your resonant places. The worry you expend about it is more energy than it is worth but it will be the hardest thing to give up. Singing is mental.

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