Saturday, March 15, 2014

When to Initiate Voice Therapy?


I am a singer and live in Virginia. Since January I've been having problems with my voice including reduced range, tiring easily, and lack of proper sound. Last week my ENT doctor diagnosed acid reflux and prescribed omeprazole for the next three months. I will make a number of lifestyle changes at the same time.

I hope to see a voice therapist who works at Riverside Hospital in Newport News.

How long should I wait before I begin voice therapy?

Thank you.

Barbara P. Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S replies...

Thank you for posting your question to our question and answer forum. If you are having difficulty with your voice I recommend that you initiate voice therapy now rather than waiting until later since you are experiencing vocal difficulties.

Voice therapy can serve to improve vocal endurance, range and efficiency. The reflux medicine you have been prescribed should reduce the level of acid reaching your voice box to reduce irritation. Combination of voice therapy and pharmacological management of reflux is recommended.

Kind regards,


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