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, or 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. The first step is to go to an Ear Nose and Throat Consultant (ENT). An ENT looks down your throat to see if there is anything physical affecting your voice, such as vocal nodules (singer’s nodules). Once you have done this, then contact me to arrange an appointment.
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, i.e. people who rely on their voice for their work, are at increased risk of voice problems because they place high demands in the course of their work. I frequently work with professional voice users such as teachers, public speakers, and singers in addressing voice issues that they are experiencing.
Assessment: The starting point for voice work is an assessment. This involves:
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