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eurovoice posted:
Hello: I have loud/audible clicks coming from one or both sides of my my throat when speaking or breathing through my mouth. It appears to happen when my soft palate relaxes at the end of a breath or phrase (though occasionally it happens at the start or in the middle). It's greatly reduced or absent when lying on my back or very hunched over, or if I hold my jaw out to keep throat open; there are no clicks when swallowing or sleeping (I tend to breathe through my nose.) No pain, no previous injury, not on meds, don't smoke.

Not a major health concern, but definitely a severe annoyance, and I'm an aspiring voice actor, so this could fatally limit my career. I've consulted 2 voice coaches, 1 ENT, and lots of peers; none have had any idea what's going on or what to recommend.

The closest condition I've found in my own research is "essential palatal myoclonus", but it seems most of the time-- though not always(?)-- this tends to be regular/rhythmic and totally uncontrollable; I can "control" my clicks to a certain extent, just not during normal conversation in normal positions.

If anyone has any suggestions for what this might be or how to stop or mitigate it-- or just any personal experiences to share-- I'd be eternally grateful. Thanks,
Peter
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