Thursday, May 29, 2014

Professional Voice User - Acid Reflux

I have acid reflux diagnosed by Stanford University. Prescribed Omeprazole 40 mg 2 x day. Your article recommended other products, and I didn't see this one. Article discussed liquid medication like Maalox, Pepcid and a few others, I didn't see Omeprazole. Which is the better choice? I have an important speaking engagement June 18 and vocal cords are somewhat swollen and irritated due to previously undiagnosed acid reflux. HELP!

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

The information provided on our website mentions over-the-counter products only; prescription medications should be recommended by a physician. Although Omeprazole is now offered over-the-counter (Prilosec OTC), it is still a medication frequently prescribed by physicians to treat acid reflux, and is considered very effective. I would suggest that you follow your doctors recommendations; however, additional over-the-counter medications can be used to address breakthrough symptoms.

Best of luck to you!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Professional Voice User

For years now, I've struggled with vocal hoarseness after about an hour of singing. Recently, however, after singing, my entire body becomes achy and sore along with my throat hurting. I've seen voice specialists and they say that my scope shows everything's fine. I've worked on my vocal technique with voice teachers, but this issue remains. Lately, I've been searching online for others who experience this body soreness after singing, but haven't found anything similar. I'm a professional commodities trader by day, so I do yell quite a bit in the trading pits, but I never experience any pain or aching. Please advise.

Melissa Bidlack M.M., M.S. CCC-SLP replies...

It certainly sounds as though you are frustrated by this soreness that occurs only after singing. Although I have not personally evaluated you, some singers can develop muscle tension dysphonia, a condition that occurs when muscles around the larynx become unnecessarily active during vocal function. This can result in pain and discomfort, which is usually intermittent. Likewise, people can develop compensatory muscle tension in other parts of their body. I would be interested to hear what your voice teachers have recommended and if your singing posture has been evaluated. It might be beneficial to have your larynx examined by a laryngologist (an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician who specializes in voice disorders) while you are singing to determine if muscle tension is in fact causing your discomfort. Our medical team would be more than happy to see you; appointments can be made by calling 443-849-2087.

Good luck!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Johns Hopkins and Fender Music Open New Voice Center at GBMC


Hopkins, Fender open new voice center at GBMC

The best hospital around is teaming up with a company that made guys like Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison and Stevie Ray Vaughn house-hold names.  The Johns Hopkins and GBMC’s Voice Center got together with Fender Music to create the Fender Music and Voice Studio

New Treatment Center At GBMC Mending Broken Voices


New Treatment Center At GBMC Mending Broken Voices

Mending broken voices. That’s the specialty of a new treatment center opening at GBMC.
This music studio is only one part of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC. There’s also high-tech medicine.  “The idea is showing the patient this is what your vocal chords look like,” said Dr. Chuck Fletcher, Johns Hopkins Voice Center. “Your voice is just this great instrument, but it’s complicated and certainly can go bad in different ways.”

GBMC Center Offers Relief for Voice/Swallowing Issues


GBMC center offers relief for voice, swallowing issues

Johns Hopkins Voice Center is newest GBMC addition

Elementary school teacher Theresa Wenck is finding her singing voice again inside a brand new studio on the hospital's campus. Over the winter, chronic laryngitis led to a more serious diagnosis for the chorus teacher, who was constantly singing and talking over her students. "I learned that I had a vocal hemorrhage that should have repaired itself with vocal rest, but unfortunately I needed to have surgery," Wenck said.  She went to the Johns Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC, the newest addition to a comprehensive treatment facility that provides a one-stop shop for patients of all ages suffering from voice or swallowing issues. For the musicians, they can come sit in our music room, playing whatever instrument they want while they're singing and show us whatever problem they're having. Same thing for our music teachers," said laryngologist Dr. Kenneth C. Fletcher.