Is ASMR whispering bad for your throat or vocal cords?

The ASMR artist, Deni ASMRCZ, recently asked me if whispering is bad for the throat or vocal cords.

A 2006 research article stated, “For years, otolaryngologists and voice therapists have warned voice patients that whispering causes more trauma to the larynx than normal speech. However, no large series of patients has ever been examined fiberoptically during whispering to test this hypothesis.

In 2011, The New York Times asked Dr. Robert T. Sataloff, chairman of the otolaryngology department at Drexel University College of Medicine why clinicians recommend that patients avoid whispering.  He said this recommendation was based on “years of pronouncement and almost no research, like so much in medicine.”

Even when searching for more recent research publications, there doesn’t seem to be any research studies which clearly answer this question yet, but there are personal experiences, clinical opinions, and physiological studies.

I’ll cover all three of these types of sources.

Let’s begin in 2009 with the first ASMR artist, WhisperingLife.  She mentioned in some of her videos that whispering sometimes hurt her voice.  This may have been one of the reasons her videos were relatively short and averaged about 10 minutes long.

Jump forward to 2019.  I’ve created over 200 podcast episodes for the Sleep Whispers podcast of pure whispering, with an average length of 40 minutes each and a max length of 90 minutes.  I’ve never felt any discomfort in my throat or voice, but I do often feel like I am running out of breath.

So these two simple and personal examples highlight that whispering may create different types of discomfort for different individuals.

Let’s see what further evidence I can uncover for the effect of whispering on the throat and vocals.

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Interesting data from an ASMR spa survey

Would you be interested in an ASMR spa?

Amanda Rose Doherty is currently an Account Manager at a software company in Barcelona, Spain.  She received her Business Studies Degree in Marketing at Dublin City University.

Amanda was considering the idea of opening an ASMR spa.  She created a survey in 2016 to assess interest in this idea  and I wrote an article about her with a link to her survey.

The bad news is that Amanda has shifted her focus away from creating an ASMR spa, but the good news is that she has shared the results of her survey with me – and the data shows that there is a strong interest in ASMR spas.

She had over 600 responses and has given me permission to share her interesting data below.  Below are results from her survey, followed by a link if you would like to learn more about her.

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Have you visited Whisperlodge for an in-person ASMR experience yet?

Whisperlodge is a live, in-person, theatrical, and totally immersive experience for ASMR lovers.

They only have a few events in specific locations throughout the year, and one of those is upcoming.

Whisperlodge will be at Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California from March 13 – 17, 2019.

Here is more information they shared with me so you can learn more about their ASMR experience.

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Published research study explores ASMR trigger preferences

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityI initially reported about this published study on November 1, 2017, but this article will now share more details and summarize the data.

The study is titled, “Sensory determinants of the autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR): understanding the triggers” and was published October 6, 2017 in PeerJ by Emma Barratt, Charles Spence, and Nick Davis.

Of historical note, Barratt and Davis were the co-authors of the first ASMR research study published in 2015.  In this new study they investigate some of the traits of ASMR triggers.

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New museum exhibit features ASMR videos

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityASMR videos will be one of several video genres featured in a new museum exhibit titled, “The New Genres: Video in the Internet Age.”

The exhibit is focusing on the following new video genres which have appeared over the last two decades: vlogs, Let’s Play videos, Unboxing videos, and ASMR videos.

Specific videos of each genre will be highlighted because they have been considered to be “significant, influential, and representational of these videos.”

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ASMR-inspired comedy coming to Philadelphia

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityThere has been an abundance of ASMR-inspired art forms including movies, web shows, street dancing, commercials, music, performance art, poetry, CGI animation, games, and fan fiction.

What about live comedy?

On Saturday April 6th, 2018 at 4:30 pm Rose Luardo and Shannon Fahey will present their ASMR inspired workshop, ASMRrrrRETREAT at Good Good Comedy Theatre (215 N.11th Street Philadelphia, PA).

Luardo & Fahey are Philadelphia-based comedians and artists and their live workshop is inspired by their mutual admiration for ASMR and ASMR artwork.

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Filmmaker completes production of the ASMR-inspired movie, “3AMASMR”

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityIn 2016, I posted an article that began, “Filmmaker begins production of the ASMR-inspired movie.

Good news.  The movie is done and available for all to view.

The movie was created by Mike Reed who lives in Denmead, UK.   Mike also creates ASMR videos for his YouTube channel, “ASMR Show

The working title of his movie was, “P.A.I.N.” and is now released as “3AMASMR” or you can think of the title as “3 am ASMR.”

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Student journalist writes an insider profile of the journey and perspectives of the ASMR artist, theASMRnerd.

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityWill Koziey-Kronas is an undergraduate student majoring in Professional Writing at the University of Toronto in Canada.

For his course, Introduction to Journalistic Investigations, he was assigned to write a profile piece.

He chose to profile ASMR through the experiences of an ASMR artist.  Will explains why,

“People who aren’t familiar with ASMR are usually fascinated by it when their introduced for the first time.  I figured a piece about an ASMR creator, written as an introduction to ASMR, would be very compelling.”

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