Monday, March 25, 2013

Laryngeal Stroboscopy in Clinical Practice with Hands-On Instruction

The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center & The Johns Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC present Laryngeal Stroboscopy in Clinical Practice with Hands-On Instruction

Friday, June 28, 2013


Friday, March 15, 2013

Falsetto Voice

10 years ago I had a thyroidectomy. It was years before I was able to actually sing again. My chest voice has come back strong but my falsetto is next to nothing. When I try to sing in my falsetto it feels as if I can't control the vocal cords enough to make a decent sound. Is there any way I can strengthen or rebuild my falsetto?

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies... 
Difficulty in raising pitch can be the result of damage to the superior laryngeal nerve, which can sustain injury during a thyroidectomy. It is also possible that the reason for your difficulties with falsetto are secondary to improper technique and/ or excessive laryngeal tension. See an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician to discuss these possibilities, and whether or not voice therapy with a speech pathology might be helpful.  

Best of luck to you!

Lost Voice After Cracking Back

I was cracking my back and moved my neck wrong yesterday and lost my voice. Today my throat and mid neck area are soar. My voice is back to about 25% of what it was. I'm not a singer, but do some public speaking so this is concerning. Just wanted to make sure this will come back soon. Thanks for any advice!

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
I would suggest that see an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician for evaluation of your voice, although you may also want to consult with your primary care physician regarding the pain in your neck.

Good luck!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Singing Voice

I use to sing solos all the time in my church choir, but have stopped singing solos because my voice has changed. When I begin to sing a word I have trouble getting the first part to come out clear and on pitch and it feels like it takes such effort to sing now and my tone has changed. I don't feel as if I have as much air either. Do you think this is related to some reflux issue or nodules?

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
The only to know the reason for your vocal difficulties is to be evaluated by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician, preferably one who specializes in the treatment of voice disorders, referred to as a laryngologist. Ask your physician for a referral or visit
www.entnet.org to search by area and specialty.

Good luck!