Category: Voice treatment

Description of laryngeal papillomas

• May 13, 2013 • Comments (0)

Here’s possibly the best description of laryngeal papillomas (warts on the voicebox), which are caused by the HPV virus (the same one which causes cervical cancer in women) and affect roughly 4 children and 2 adults out of every 100,000 people in the US.  The virus recurs, even after treatment, and can cause voice problems or [...]

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CEOs with lower pitched voices make $187,000 more per year

• May 4, 2013 • Comments (0)

Your voice matters.   CEOs with lower pitched voices make more and manage bigger companies.   Voters also prefer political candidates with lower pitched voices.  Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady, even got voice therapy to lower the pitch of her voice.

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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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“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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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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Using my voice to navigate the airport

• April 4, 2013 • Comments (0)

Before I got my voice back, I used to be too afraid to go to the park, or Canada’s Wonderland, or the Rogers Centre by myself with my kids.  The reason was, if they ducked around a corner, as kids will do, I couldn’t raise my voice to call them back.  I was worried they’d [...]

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Grateful for my voice

• March 26, 2013 • Comments (0)

Dr. Anderson told me back in 2005 that one of her goals was to make sure that I didn’t think about my voice every day.   But I do think about it every day, because I am grateful for it.  In a week, I return to Harvard for the “50th anniversary of women at Harvard Business [...]

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Spasmodic dysphonia is breathtaking

• March 24, 2013 • Comments (0)

And not in a good way.  As noted Toronto lawyer and mediator Tom Allen describes in the video below, “if you have spasmodic dysphonia, you have to take a separate breath for every word that you speak.”  Spasmodic dysphonia patients often sound hoarse, breathy, and as if they were forcing each individual word out.   Of [...]

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Medical voice specialists in Canada

• March 21, 2013 • Comments (0)

One of the most difficult aspects of losing my voice was being unable to identify a voice specialist in Canada who could help me.   6 months after I lost my voice, I sought a third opinion and was finally referred to Dr. Jennifer Anderson at St. Mike’s.   This was after a couple of [...]

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Wall Street Journal talks voice treatment

• March 19, 2013 • Comments (0)

Great article , audio, and video Friday in the Wall Street Journal, which talks about voice therapy and the medical procedures that can restore voices when conventional speech therapy fails.   Speech therapy sometimes works, and if that fails vocal cords can be injected with collagen substances that “plump up” the vocal cords.  If the vocal [...]

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