There is an epidemic of sorts running rampant among singers. Symptoms include reduced range, raspy sound, discomfort when singing, a continuous lump in the throat as well as reduced vocal stamina. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then it may well be that you are suffering from acid reflux.
Itâs the absence of the two symptoms, heartburn and indigestion, that lead us to refer to the type of acid reflux weâll be discussing today as âsilent refluxâ or âsingerâs reflux;â because it’s often singers who notice the effect of silent reflux first.
Acid reflux, simply understood, is the reverse flow of stomach acids up the oesophagus. Of course, stomach acids should, under normal circumstances stay in the stomach, but in some people, and Iâm one of them, the backflow causes agitation and burning of the oesophagal lining and vocal tract.
Special Thanks to Dr Matthew Broadhurst from the Queensland Voice Centre for allowing me to use the footage showing Laryngopharyngeal Reflux in this video.
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