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Singer’s Reflux

Acid Reflux & Singers

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.

It’s the absence of the two symptoms, heartburn and indigestion, that lead us to refer to the type of acid reflux we’ll be discussing today as ‘silent reflux’ or ‘singer’s reflux;’ 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 I’m 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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