Is it healthy to speak in your falsetto while you are sick? I have heard that speaking in this register can reduce stress on vocal chords, but a more researched opinion would be awesome!
Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
The answer is a definite no! Speaking in any register that deviates from your modal pitch for extended periods of time can place additional strain on the vocal system as a whole. If you are experiencing voice changes secondary to an upper respiratory tract infection, best to just conserve your voice as much as possible, speak quietly when speaking at all, avoid hard coughing and throat clearing if at all possible, drink plenty of fluids, and rest!
Thank you for your question.