Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Nodules - Singing Voice

My daughter is a budding singer. She is taking singing lessons and her vocal coach is concerned that she perhaps has nodes. That her chords barely phonate above a B natural in treble clef.  My daughter has to strain to sing in the higher range of her naturally alto voice. We are seeking advice and perhaps an appointment for evaluation.

Thank you

Melissa Bidlack, CCC-SLP replies...

Thank you for contacting us.  
Without knowing your daughter’s vocal history, I would ask how old she is and if this issue has been longstanding or is more recent? Also, has she noticed any changes in her speaking voice? If she has experienced a change in her voice that has persisted for longer than 3 weeks, I would recommend she see a fellowship-trained laryngologist who can examine her vocal folds using videostroboscopy. 
While lesions such as vocal nodules can limit range and increase strain, this can also occur with increased muscle tension.
The only way to be sure is to have her vocal folds visualized by a laryngologist, who would then recommend the appropriate course of treatment.  We would be happy to see your daughter at our center, and appointments can be scheduled by calling 443-849-2087. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

All the best to you,

Melissa Bidlack, CCC-SLP

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