We can take our voice for granted until we experience a problem. This could be strain, weakness, hoarseness, a voice which does not last the day, a change in how you sound. While this may just be a brief glitch, if you find that your voice is not getting better, or you keep on experiencing recurring problems, don’t ignore this…get it looked into. First step is to go to an Ear Nose and Throat Consultant (ENT). An ENT looks in your throat to see if there is anything physical affecting your voice, such as vocal nodules (singers nodules). Once you have this done, then contact me to arrange an appointment.
Who gets voice problems?
While many people can have voice problems for no reason, certain groups can be more at risk of voice problems because of the nature of what they do. Professional voice users, people who rely on their voice, are at increased risk of voice problems because they place high demands in the course of their work. These include teachers, public speakers, call centre operators, actors and singers.
Individual voice therapy
Assessment: The starting point for voice work is an assessment. This involves:
- An assessment of your voice and how you use it when speaking (and singing, if you are a singer)
- A discussion to explore factors which may be contributing to your voice problem.
- Advice sheets regarding voice care
- Following the session, I send on a short report identifying the main factors which are helping and hindering your voice health
Voice therapy sessions: Following the assessment you can attend for voice therapy sessions to work on your voice. Typically I offer an initial block of 4-6 sessions and we see how things go from there.