There are a variety of issues that can affect our sinuses, and for most people, the only time we really become aware of the sinuses are when they are acting up. It may never have occurred to you to ask: What, exactly, are your sinuses, anyway?
In addition, the sinuses help the voice resonate, and can affect the way we perceive someone’s speech.4 That is, the shape, volume, and health of the sinuses influence how “nasal” we perceive someone’s voice to be.5
The sinuses need to be able to drain regularly and freely in order to clear mucus and to function properly. If this drainage gets blocked, sinus problems result.6
You and your sinuses
Your sinuses are a complex system, and they’re important for your health and comfort. If your sinuses aren’t working properly—if they’re inflamed, swollen, uncomfortable, producing an abnormal discharge—and the symptoms don’t go away on their own quickly, it might be time to see an ENT physician. Visiting a medical professional is the surest way to get help for your sinuses. Talk to your doctor for more information.