Archive for April, 2013

Research: Sound of voice influences perception

• April 28, 2013 • Comments (1)

The sound of a speaker’s voice matters twice as much as the content of the message, according to a study by Quantified Impressions, an Austin, TX, communications analytics company.  People with strained or breathy voices are labelled as negative, passive, or weak.  Those with normal voices are seen as successful, sociable, and smart. My experience [...]

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Canada’s healthcare system expensive and underperforming

• April 27, 2013 • Comments (0)

The Globe and Mail’s Jeffrey Simpson says Canadians are finally facing up to the fact that Canada’s healthcare system is both expensive and underperforming.   It is high time for an informed debate rather than rhetoric (starting a discussion on Canada’s precious public healthcare system is like starting a discussion about gun control in a bar [...]

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Teachers have higher risk of voice disorders

• April 26, 2013 • Comments (0)

Teachers have a much higher risk of voice problems than the general population, several studies show.  Noisy classrooms and lack of vocal rest are an occupational hazard.  Physical education and vocal music teachers are particularly at risk.  Of the treatments, vocal function exercises (a series of humming and phonating exercises) and portable amplification appear to [...]

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Category: Voice problem, Voice surgery, Voice treatment

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“New world” for voice disorders treatments

• April 25, 2013 • Comments (0)

In these 3 videos, Dr. Martin Birchall of the UK talks about technological advances in treatments for vocal cord nodules, laryngeal cancer, and the like, predicting that we may see a “whole new world” of voice treatments ten years down the line.  Amen.  It is great to see doctors focusing on quality of life, as well as [...]

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Voice box and tracheal transplants

• April 24, 2013 • Comments (0)

Dr. Martin Burchall at University College London seems to be one to watch in the field of voice.  He performed the world’s second documented laryngeal and tracheal transplant.  His work using stem cell based transplants shows early promise, although he says it is still “at the edge of science.”  (The thyroplasty which restored my voice [...]

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Voice box transplant – clinical trials

• April 22, 2013 • Comments (0)

Wow.  UK announces funding for first clinical trial for stem cell-based voice box transplant.  Patients who lose their voice box, or larynx, lose their ability to speak, and often have great difficulty breathing and swallowing.  The potential breakthrough, dubbed RegenVox, is being led by Dr. Martin Burchall, of University College London Hospitals.  In the procedure, [...]

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Category: St. Michael's Hospital Voice Chair, Voice problem, Voice surgery

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The aging voice

• April 21, 2013 • Comments (0)

At the wedding I went to last week, I noticed one of the older guests having difficulty speaking over the noise of everyone else at the reception.  Then I saw her put her finger on her neck, much as I used to do in order to make enough sound that people could hear me.  Vocal [...]

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Plague of locusts

• April 20, 2013 • Comments (0)

What a month.   The day after my good biopsy news after a scary wait, someone who has helped a lot on the voice chair told me her husband has been diagnosed with a very rare cancer.  Just before that, 2 terrorists attacked the Boston Marathon, killing 3 innocents and injuring hundreds who live to [...]

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Friends

• April 17, 2013 • Comments (0)

Rolled out of bed at 9:15 this morning.  I must have been exhausted from the stress.   I was thinking about my friends yesterday, and how lucky I am to have them.  If you’re every wondering what you can do to help a sick friend:  just be there, and be yourself.  In the week following my [...]

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Biopsy

• April 16, 2013 • Comments (1)

Sorry for the radio silence.   Last Tues, April 9, I went to my endocrinologist, expecting nothing but total routine, same as it’s been for the last 9 years.  Then she told me that my ultrasound showed an abnormal lymph node on the left side of my neck.   That’s the side with my one remaining good [...]

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Category: Canadian health care system, Thyroid cancer, Voice problem

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