The act of speaking is a highly intricate process and even more complex is the act of singing. Speaking and singing require that our breathing, voice, resonance and speech articulation be in excellent shape, in order to deliver the ideal performance. Every day public speakers, actors, teachers and various professionals rely on the use of their voice for their day-to-day interactions and work. The rest of us count on our voice to be there when we speak, cry, sing or laugh. Although the majority of us experience normal vocal function, some people develop voice problems that compromise their ability to communicate effectively.
There are many different kinds of voice problems, the most common one is know as a functional voice disorder. This voice problem can occur from our every day use, abuse and misuse of our voice. A functional voice disorder can cause an individual to produce voice in a way that over time harms the vocal folds, changes the quality of the voice and reduces overall effective communication. Other voice disorders include organic voice disorders, which can occur due to a physical difference in the vocal tract and neurogenic voice disorders, which occur as a result of any damage to the nervous system.
There is no set way of approaching the voice and treatment of voice disorders. Voice therapy is high individualized and the total person is treated, not just the problem. Treatment can include a vocal hygiene program, vocal exercises, counseling and referral to other professionals who can further assist the individual in meeting their voice and personal goals.
We always begin with a complimentary consultation to determine the best course of action for every individual.
Why Hire a Voice Therapist?
Voice Therapy is a clinical and holistic approach to the treatment of the voice and voice disorders. It is non-invasive and targets all aspects of the individual receiving services. Therapist and client work together to get the voice back to its original condition.
All individuals who have or suspect that they have a voice disorder should always consult with an Otolaryngologist, otherwise known as an Ear, Nose, Throat Specialist (ENT). This is a necessary and required step in the diagnostic process of voice therapy because it will rule out any life threatening disease that may be causing your voice disorder. Your ENT will make medical and therapeutic recommendations based on the results of your office visit.
Voice therapy is not limited to adults. Children often experience voice disorders, especially if they are involved in extracurricular activities that put extra demands on their tiny vocal folds. If you suspect that your child might be experiencing a voice disorder, please take them to their pediatrician and get a referral for an ENT. Your child’s ENT will make the necessary recommendations for further treatment. In the meantime, please also call for a free over the phone consultation.