Speech Therapy

Is Whispering Dangerous For Your Voice?

Whispering is usually used to limit the hearing of speech to listeners who are nearby. For example, to avoid disturbing others in a quiet place or to share a secret information without being overheard. Loud whispering (stage whisper) is used only for dramatic purposes. It also takes less effort to whisper but in reality, it can be very taxing!

We think that whispering is quite harmless. But contrary to the popular belief, it does affect the voice in a negative way!

Can Whispering Kill Resonance?

Whispering is basically talking without vibrating the vocal chords. If the vocal muscles are overused, whispering won’t allow them to rest. It may also have a dehydrating effect.

Give It a Second Thought

  • When you whisper, you constrict your vocal chords and are not getting any resonant sound out of your voice!
  • If your vocal chords are tightly pulled, unable to touch each other and remain moist as it does naturally, it causes a drying affect.

Whispering gives the impression that the voice is not being used strenuously. The audible volume of your voice diminishes while you whisper. It silently stifles the voice over a time period and may lead to vocal fatigue.

Priscilla Hamilton suggested that there is a false perception that it is OK to whisper while on vocal rest. But in reality, whispering can inflict more strain on the vocal chords than normal speaking.

If you are on vocal rest, it is better to just write down what you’re trying to say rather than straining the vocal chords during a period of recovery or rest.

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