Monday, November 19, 2012

Voice Destroyed

Is it possible that a specialist can see this video on YouTube of my laryngoscopy and give me a diagnosis?

My voice is covered in extreme hoarseness and grogginess, I am a professional singer, and now I can only sing with strain and wrong posture so I get out a note. Only through yelling and straining can I produce a note that is not hoarse. When I try to sing in my mix voice with correct posture, everything sounds like it is extremely low pitched covered in groggy hoarseness. Same goes for normal speaking. Only through a bit of tension can I sound like I'm not hoarse and groggy.

Please help, endless gratitude.

Joanna Lott, M.A., CCC-SLP replies... 
It would be necessary to see you in person in order to give you a diagnosis. It sounds like you are having a lot of trouble with your voice -- you should make an appointment with one of our specialists or with someone in the national referral database at Make sure that wherever you go they can offer you a video stroboscopic exam with a laryngologist specializing in voice, and voice therapy with a speech-language pathologist trained to work with singers. Good luck to you!

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