Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Vocal problem: How Do You Cure Hiccups?

Hiccups can be a real nuisance when they manifest in the middle of a performance, whether on stage or in recording studio.

I've had to waste valuable studio time waiting for hiccups (and resulting giggles) to go away. I decided I would do a survey and ask this question for the sake of all singers and speakers:

How do you cure hiccups? What has really worked for you???

These are the things that keep me up at night :)

13 comments:

Memphis said...

Hey after reading the blog on the hiccups, I have a solution I use that works. Everyones going to think it sounds crazy, and it's a joke, but it's really not. Someone once told me to think of a purple cow with pink polkadots, and I did, and it actually made them go away, so I do that all the time. When you do it your going to feel like you have to hiccup but you won't, and that feeling passes really quickly. If it doesn't work for you I apologize, but it works for me, so I hope it helps.

Judy Rodman said...

Thank you Memphis... I don't think your purple cow solution sounds any crazier than the mystery of hiccups!... I'll try it out next time!

Anonymous said...

Hiccups are sudden contractions of the diaphragm muscle. As the muscle contracts repeatedly, the opening between your vocal cords snaps shut to check the inflow of air and makes the hiccup sound.

YOU can CONTROL the hiccups simply by calmly thinking about when you will hiccup next and telling someone. Tell yourself if no-one is around. You won't have to actually tell anyone, because the hiccup won't happen. Mind over matter...and diaphragm control! Works like a charm. Same theory as Memphis's blog...without the purple cow.

Carolyn

Judy Rodman said...

Thank you, Carolyn...Interesting how much control our conscious mind, when focused, can have over the diaphragm, which is usually under subconscious control. Mind over matter is a powerful thing.

Rachael said...

well i don't get hiccups that often but when i do i usually eat sugar...not the poweder kind...the granular kind. just take a big spoonful of it, that's what i do!

Anonymous said...

Ditto on the sugar! Take a breath and hold it so as not to breathe the sugar either in or out, throw the heaping spoon full of sugar to the back of your mouth near your throat and swallow all at once. 100% cure rate or money back...er from Judy?

Anonymous said...

i have the ultimate cure that works EVERY time. take a cup of water a drink it upside down and backwards. by that i mean take the cup and hold it to your lips. put both your lips on the upper rim of the cup,lean forward and drink. when you drink the water should hit the roof of your mouth. It works every time!

Judy Rodman said...

OK I tried this one Friday and it actually worked! Keep sending these cures in and I'll try them all!

Anonymous said...

Step 1.. Take a really deep breath; I mean fill every corner of your insides with air.
Step 2.. Take 3 swallows of water, not sips or gulps, but swallows.
Step 3.. Exhale really big. Get every bit of that air out of you.
Then do steps 1-3 once more. Do it right and they'll go away. Works for me every time.

-Adam

Judy Rodman said...

Thanks, Adam...I only had to do this once, not twice, and they went away!

Anonymous said...

I get hiccups frequently. In nursing school, we were taught to drink from a straw while plugging our ears with our fingers. It works every time for me.

Renz Reyes said...

I tried the purple cow with pink polka dots trick and it worked!

Judy Rodman said...

HAHA... to cool, thx for letting me know that trick worked!