(HealthDay News) -- Each year, about 18 million adults in the United States report problems with their voice, says the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
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From singers to teachers, many people use their voice for work.
To prevent chronic voice problems, the agency suggests:
- Don't abuse drugs.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Limit medications that dry out the vocal folds.
- Do not use mouthwash that contains alcohol or irritants.
- Avoid using the extremes of your vocal range.
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