Using a Vapor Inhaler for better Singing Health | #DrDan 🎤
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October

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I’ve just finished
a lesson with one of my semi-pro vocal students,
whose voice is feeling rather tired after a bout of
sickness and a relatively heavy week of vocal use. So I made sure he left the
studio with one of these. What is it, and why should
every serious singer, amateur and professional
alike, own one? The answer to these
questions is coming right up. Sound check. Check one, check two. Hey, there. Dr. Dan here, with a
seriously helpful tip for those of you who
are super-serious about your singing, which
I suspect is all of you. Looking after your voice is
a pretty important business if you’re hoping
to sing regularly and with consistent
vocal health. Now, there are so
many challenges to the health of our
voice– sickness, tiredness, vocal fatigue,
just to name a few. So it will come as no surprise
to those of you who regularly watch my videos, and to those
who subscribe to my channel, that first and foremost,
the health of your voice is heavily reliant on your
overall singing technique. Now, the next most important
thing is hydration. You’ve got to keep
the voice lubricated. But even when you’re
doing both these things– you’re singing well,
and you’re drinking two liters of water each
day– your voice can still be challenged by a
heavy vocal load. It’s at these times
that every singer needs to use a vapor inhaler. Sound check. The vapor inhaler–
I affectionately refer to it as the
singer’s bong– helps to remediate and assist the
throat and larynx to rest and heal after heavy use. Now, this Bosisto’s inhaler,
which I sell on my website– and I’ll put a link
in the note sections below– is easy to use. All you need is some
hot water, and just set. Simply fill the cup
up with 2/3 hot water and 1/3 boiling water,
if it’s available. And then breathe on the steam,
using the mouth and nose piece. The water vapor should last
for between 7 to 10 minutes. Now, you might be
forgiven for thinking, I don’t need no fancy inhaler. I’ll just stick my head over a
bowl with a towel over my head. And well, that’s
great for a facial. But it simply won’t
distribute the level of warm, moist air needed
to remediate your larynx. You see, what we’re doing when
we use the singer’s bong is we’re encouraging blood flow
around and within the larynx by inhaling the vapor. Higher levels of blood
flow mean quicker recovery of the vocal folds– so much so
that many ear, nose, and throat doctors, as well as many
leading speech therapists, administer vapor inhalers
post-vocal surgery. It really is that good. Sound check. Many vapor inhalers
will come with some form of menthol strip, or a
vial of eucalyptus oil, as is the case with the
one I sell here online. So here’s what you
should do with those. Throw them away. We singers only want the
H2O vapor, nothing else. The oil and the menthol is
simply too harsh for our use. Now, as to how many
times you should use it, well, if you’re experiencing
significant vocal fatigue, then I would suggest between
two to three times a day. In the case of my
gigging professionals, I often recommend they
use their inhaler directly following their gig and the
first thing the next morning. Immediate use after
a gig, when teamed with a good vocal
warm-down, helps to move any lactic
acid build-up away from the laryngeal muscles. Trust me, if you start
steaming after each gig, your voice will thank you
a thousand times over. It feels awesome. Before I finish, it
would be remiss of me not to include one
small disclaimer. If you suffer from asthma, or
you have a known fungal growth, either in your nasal
cavity or in your throat, you should seek medical
advice before using any kind of vapor inhaler. The steam can
aggravate your asthma. And for those of you with
any kind of fungal concerns, it can lead to accelerated
growth of the fungi. And in closing, I wonder
whether you’ve ever used a vapor inhaler. Perhaps you could
leave a comment and let us all know
why you used one and how it made your voice feel. We’d all love to
read your comments. Perhaps this is your first
time here at Voice Essentials. Welcome. I’m so glad you
clicked on the video. I’ve got plenty more singing
tips just like this one. So why not subscribe and
join our global community of singers who,
just like you, want to raise their voice in song? Until I see you in the next
Voice Essentials video, I’m Dr. Dan. Sing well.


32 thoughts on “Using a Vapor Inhaler for better Singing Health | #DrDan 🎤

  1. I usually have acute tonsillitis so do u advice removing them ??? And could you please tell me if my vocal range and tone would differ if i take my tonsils out?

  2. Hi Dr. Dan, and thanks for another great video. Do you recommend using steam only AFTER singing? I'm wondering about the use of a steam inhaler during the warmup process. Would that be a bad idea? Thanks!

  3. I am an amateur VA and singer and I use a MyPurMist. I just steamed a little bit ago to help with the cords. I have a big day of recording tomorrow with steaming before and after the session, but making sure I drink plenty of water. Is that an okay thing to do? I know it sounds ignorant of me to ask but I would like to make sure I'm taking good care of my larynx.

  4. Whilst singing is it best to sing through the nose or mouth as I breath in through my nose whilst doing and engaging my diaphragm for exercises cheer Dr Dan

  5. Personal vaporizer is a little miracle! I bought one a few weeks ago and used it regularly and it really help healing the voice after big show and gigs. I bought it when I got a laryngitis and I've never healed so fast!! OMG I love it so much!❤️

  6. Dr.Dan thank you for the information. One of the prominent Vocal group technique in the Uk advised to use oils like chamomile when doing steam.. anyway I have a question, Can I use steam inhailer before my performance? Will it affect my voice? Another question.. I'm doing stuff like saline spray. Is it advisable to do saline spray or steaming before performance? Thank you..

  7. Hey Dr. Dan. I make guided meditation voice overs and also have ME/CFS (13 years). I've had this voice issue for a number of years but I've never done anything about it, just accepted that I have a "weak" voice. Thanks to you I've gone out and purchased the singers bong and have started using it today and went to the doctor and made a referral to a ENT. I've watched a few other of your videos and think it might be a case of muscle tension dysphonia. Do you have any suggestions on things I can do while I'm waiting for that appointment?

  8. This looks great but I'm a bit concerned about hygiene… Is the boiling water enough to sterilize everything? Anything else that could be done? Thanks for the great video & information!

  9. Dr. Dan, is 'VAPING' a good choice for singers? I've recently quit smoking and will use vaping to make the transition smoother. Vaping would seem to have the same principle as Vapor Inhaler providing there's zero nicotine, of course.
    Would look forward to your response. Thanks!

  10. Fantastic. But I use a kettle leave the lid off so the water keeps boiling and inhale and you get a facial at the same time. Its just as effective

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