Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Singing the Praises of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC

Singing the Praises of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC

The Johns Hopkins Voice Center located at GBMC's Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Surgery Center is hitting the right notes as it mends damaged voices with a little help from Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Read the full article featured on The Baltimore Sun

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Voice Change After Surgery

I had cervical disk fusion surgery on 4/21/15.  After surgery my voice was very hoarse and now several months after I have this feeling in my throat as if there is something in there, but this was also happening right after surgery. My voice gets hoarse now and then especially when I bend forward it gets worse. Is this going to get better?

Melissa Kim, M.S., CCC-SLP writes...

A temporary change in vocal quality is not uncommon after this type of surgery, though I wouldn't anticipate the change persisting this long after your procedure. I recommend that you see a laryngologist (an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor who specializes in voice disorders) for a full evaluation and treatment recommendations. Ask your surgeon for a referral or visit the American Academy of Otolaryngology/ Head & Neck Surgery at http://www.entnet.org/ to search for a physician by subspecialty.

Good luck!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Voice is Still Hurting

My wife and I are in need of serious help. My wife has been having speech difficulties for up to three years now. It causes pain for her to talk and resting only helps but doesn't seem to cure it. Though we haven't done an extensive rest for it. We have been to multiple specialists and have gotten multiple answers. My wife was once told she had polyps on her vocal cords. Then we went back to a different doctor a few months later and after scoping her he told us there was nothing there and he saw no problem at all. Which makes no sense to us because her voice is always in a differing state of pain. From slight to great. She used to have serious problems with acid but we have gotten that under control. She has never drank or smoked. We we're thinking it could be either contact ulcer or possible Chronic Non-Specific Laryngitis but we really have no idea. Her last two scopes showed nothing, but her voice is still hurting. We are really desperate to figure this out! Why could there be nothing on the scope but still she is having this problems? I hope you might be able to help. Thank you for your time and support.

Melissa Kim, M.S., CCC-SLP writes...

In some cases, odynophagia, or pain with voicing, is related to how the voice is being used, rather than the presence of pathology. Muscle tension dysphonia (MTD) is a general term to describe excessive and unnecessary tension of laryngeal muscles during voicing. MTD is often referred to by many different names, including hyperfunction, functional dysphonia, ventricular or false vocal fold compression, etc. The condition is treated in voice therapy with a speech pathologist experienced in the treatment of voice disorders.

Best of luck to you both!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hanna Somatic Education and Treatment

Hanna Somatic Education
Hanna Somatics is an integral part of working not only with vocal performers but with anyone experiencing tensions, misalignments and pain that limits their vocal life and overall wellness. Many of the vocal problems people have are not isolated to the larynx. Things that are happening all throughout the body can have an impact on the vocal sound we create. Chronic muscular tensions that affect ease of movement, breathing, and speaking and singing are not merely muscular tensions, they are (neuro)muscular tensions. Hanna Somatic Education changes the communication patterns between the brain and the muscles and within the sensorimotor areas of the brain itself.  

To schedule an appointment, please call the Johns Hopkins Voice Center at 443-849-2087 or click here.   

Dan Sherwood, MS/CCC-SLP, HSE, Speech Pathology Clinical Specialist
Dan Sherwood, MS/CCC-SP, HSE, Speech Pathology Clinical Specialist
Focusing on rehabilitation and retraining of the professional voice. Special interests include breathing retraining and movement education, with training in alternative/complementary disciplines, including Hanna Somatics®, Associative Awareness Technique™, Optimal Breathing®

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Singing Voice

I was recently diagnosed with Bowed Vocal Cords. The next day I started a series of tests including the Iodine 123 trace indicating an over-active thyroid gland. Could the Hyperthyroid condition have effected my vocal cords and perhaps have caused the bowing?

Melissa Kim, M.S., CCC-SLP writes... 

While there may be differing causes of vocal cord atrophy, there is no known relationship between hyperthyroidism and presbylarynx, or "bowed" vocal cords. 

Good luck to you!

Friday, July 10, 2015


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