Relative voice rest

A reduction in a person’s amount and manner of voice use. When we suggest relative voice rest for patients, we sometimes tell them to think of using “vocal prudence,” or to use their voice only for the “business of life,” but not for pleasure-talking or purely social interaction. Some use a concept such as “you can talk for five minutes out of every 30.” Still others use the 7-point talkativeness scale and ask a person to be a “1” or a “2,” where 1 is “Clint Eastwood” and 7 is a life-of-the-party, highly sociable person.