In my last post Saturday, I briefly mentioned that I was having some breaks in my voice, similar to a teenage boy going through puberty. I was hoping this was the start of my “good voice” trying to break through. Interestingly, I went to a bar late Saturday night and had difficulty talking above the bar noise – as you could hear in my voice sample earlier that day, it was tough to speak loudly enough to be heard. However outside in the parking lot afterwards, without the background noise of the bar, I suddenly was able to string together multiple normal-sounding sentences.
Then Sunday (yesterday), my good voice stuck around for much of the day. In fact, I had my good voice for most of the the morning and early afternoon! I was able to sing (softly) at church, I still couldn’t hit the higher notes and I still couldn’t sing at a normal singing volume but it was nice to have SOME range. And, of course, it was nice to be able to talk again.
Partway through the day, about mid-afternoon, my voice returned to a whisper, similar to my last voice sample. This lasted for several hours, with occasional bursts of normal-sounding voice. Then in the evening, my normal voice came back again. Overall, I would say I had a good, normal voice for about 75% of the day.
I still do not have much power behind my voice, but I noticed I was able to raise my voice a little when calling my wife from the other room. Another observation I made yesterday: when I was in a noisy environment, my whispery/bad voice came back – even if I was in the middle of a good voice period. I think it had something to do with me trying to talk louder to compensate for the noisy environment. It’s something I will have to keep monitoring – I’m hoping that my voice continues to “fill out” and get back to the good ol’ days when I could project, raise my voice if needed, and even yell.
Update: 10:00 pm – Here is a voice sample from this evening: