Thursday, July 21, 2011

Voice Problems

Talking voice is scratchy, slightly unclear, tires easily, and sometimes it's difficult to speak altogether. The muscles around my neck are very tense. This problem has been occuring for a little over a year, before I was to audition for a performing arts school, could this have happened from improper singing technique? Also, my tonsils have been removed. Thank you.

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP writes...
Your symptoms could certainly have stemmed from improper technique; working with a voice teacher may help you to pinpoint any issues. To rule out any other possible contributing factors, see an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician for a thorough evaluation.

Research and Resources on the Larynx

Helpful websites related to voice production and disorders.

Voice Academy
Teachers are thirty-two times more likely to experience voice problems than individuals in any other profession. With information, teachers can self-manage or prevent most voice problems on their own. The Voice Academy is a no-cost, self-directed, virtual school built for the vocal health of U.S. teachers.

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
A great source of information on the ears, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck. Updates and fun facts about the specialty of otolaryngology, resources, and current research. Search for an otolaryngologist by name, location, or subspecialty!

The National Center for Voice and Speech
Dedicated to studying the powers, limitations, and enhancement of the human voice and speech. Choose from the menu of short, single-topic voice research columns about the singing voice or check out Dr. Ingo Titze's top vocal warm-ups for singers!

The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
A nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the highest standards of singing through excellence in teaching and the promotion of vocal education and research. Search for a voice teacher on their Voluntary Teacher Database by location, voice type, and style of music.

The Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA)
An international organization that serves the needs of voice and speech teachers and students in training and practice. They encourage and facilitate opportunities for ongoing education and the exchanging of knowledge and information among professionals in the field. Search for a voice coach by location.

Blue Tree Publishing
A publishing service that designs and produces a series of multimedia programs to facilitate educational experience in the professions of otology, laryngology, speech pathology, and audiology. Offers books, software, and other tools needed by doctors, clinicians, and therapists for successful education, diagnosis, and treatment.

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary
Look up any musical term, listen to audio samples, take quizzes, and view simulations on this comprehensive site of musical terminology!, The Voice Problem Website, The Voice Problem Website, is dedicated to the support of patients with voice disorders. Informative topics include anatomy and physiology of voice production, voice disorders, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Entertainer's Secret Throat Relief
Entertainer's Secret Throat Relief is a spray formulated to resemble natural mucosal secretions and designed to moisturize, humidify, and lubricate the mucous membranes of the throat and larynx.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

National Referral Database

This list consists of physicians and specialists who have designated themselves as competent in the area of the treatment of voice disorders. The Johns Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC has no first-hand knowledge of the extent of their interest in treating voice disorders. It remains the users responsibility to evaluate their talents for caring for you. The American Academy of Otolaryngology at also maintains a database of physicians who may list laryngology as their subspeciality.

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