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by Cynthia Phillips, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Loudness is judged by its appropriateness with regard to the speaking situation.
A speech language pathologist can help a person gain a better understanding of his voice concerning the type and severity of his problem.
Practicing the following techniques will help strengthen a weak voice to an appropriate voice volume.
Identify the loudness of your own voice. Tape record your voice and compare it to another’s to determine if your voice is too loud or too soft.
Visualize your breath stream moving from your abdomen, to your chest, to your mouth and out for speech.
Reduce body tension.
Get plenty of rest.
Get a “feel” for the loudness of your own voice by starting with a soft voice and increasing the loudness of your voice.
Open your mouth wide when speaking to improve projection of sound.
Use physical activities with voicing to increase volume.
Stress syllables when speaking.
Practice lip-rounding sounds (words containing the w, too and u sounds) to improve the projection of tone.
Control your breath pressure by keeping the same loudness throughout vocalization.
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