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World Voice Day 2019

April 12, 2019

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Celebrates 2019 World Voice Day


Carbondale, IL – The Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS) Program of the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is observing World Voice Day, an international health observance day for the human voice, on April 16, 2019. On this day the public is asked to access their voice quality and recognize that harmful speaking techniques, alcohol, and tobacco abuse can easily and irrevocably damage the voice. The long-term consequences of poor voice can range from strained vocal cords and chronic hoarseness to deadly head and neck cancers.

The CDS Program is planning to celebrate World Voice Day 2019 by conducting community awareness activities on campus and through local media. CDS students affiliated with the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSHLA) will wear T-shirts specifically for the occasion and give information about how to prevent voice disorders and how to seek services for voice disorders treatment. Special materials and opportunities will be offered, including a voice drive and exhibition of TED talks.

Every year in April 16, speech-language pathologists and other professionals in voice medicine, science, and education worldwide join together to recognize World Voice Day.

Vocal health is critical to our communication-oriented society, but the voice does not receive the public recognition and appreciation it deserves. World Voice Day provides us a perfect forum through which to familiarize ourselves with the latest advances in laryngology and voice care, and to educate our colleagues, patients, and communities via lectures, free voice screenings, community outreach programs, special performances, and other offerings.

The theme for the 2019 celebration of World Voice Day, BE KIND WITH YOUR VOICE! encourages men and women, young and old, to assess their vocal health and take action to improve or maintain good voice habits. World Voice Day gives vocal health experts an opportunity to bring renewed awareness about vocal health to the general public and to professionals who have built careers around their voices.

Background history

The World Voice Day was established as a special day of awareness, recognition, and celebration of the human voice. Commemorated each year on April 16th, World Voice Day owes its roots to a group of Brazilian voice care professionals who decided to celebrate the voice in 1999 by establishing Brazilian Voice Day. Since that time, this day has grown to become a global day of recognition, as members of the Academy’s Speech, Voice, and Swallowing Disorders Committee communicated with colleagues from Brazil and Europe to establish the global World Voice Day we celebrate today. Therefore, every year on April 16, speech-language pathologists, otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons, singers, and other health & education professionals worldwide join together to recognize World Voice Day as a public service action. World Voice Day serves as an education campaign to inform the public of the importance of the human voice and the need for preventive care.

As SIUC CDS & NSSLHA prepare to celebrate the World Voice Day, we offer the community a few simple health tips to take care of your voice:

Do not underestimate hoarseness!
Hoarseness indicates that your vocal folds (commonly known as vocal cords) are unwell and need care and treatment.

Hoarseness normally disappears within three weeks.
Prolonged hoarseness indicates that your vocal folds may not have healed properly.

Get evaluated by a speech-language pathologist and an otolaryngologist if you have persistent hoarseness.
If your voice is persistently hoarse, be sure to seek professional assistance.

Dry throat is damaging for voice.
Protect your voice by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water. Spirits and caffeine, however, dehydrate the mucosa and increase the danger of damaging your vocal folds.

Do not overload your voice.
Heavy voice use can harm your vocal folds. (Beware of lengthy conversations in noisy bars and clubs!)

Injured voices need time to heal.
Sudden occurrence of hoarseness and throat pain indicate injured vocal folds. Limit using your voice until the pain and hoarseness go away.

Warm up your voice.
Warming up the voice is not just for singers; it helps the speaking voice, too. Doing simple things like lip or tongue trills, or gliding up and down your range on different vowels will help warm up your voice.

Don’t smoke!!!
Likely the single worst thing you can do for your voice is to smoke. It causes permanent damage to the vocal cord tissues and is the number 1 risk factor for cancer of the larynx (voice box).

To learn more about World Voice Day, visit:

Dr. Maria Claudia Franca, Coordinator
Communication Disorders and Sciences
Rehabilitation Institute
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Phone: (618) 453-8292

Communication Disorders and Sciences


World Voice Day
at Southern Illinois University Carbondale


WHERE: Morris Library Lincoln Head
WHEN: April 16, 2019 10-12pm
WHO: Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS)
National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC)