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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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“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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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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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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Studying genetic links in voice disorders

• March 26, 2013 • Comments (2)

The National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association (“NSDA”) is co-funding a grant to study possible genetic causes of spasmodic dysphonia.  Dr. Tatiana Fuchs at Mount Sinai Medical Center is using a technique called exome sequencing to screen all genes in a family affected by spasmodic dysphonia, in order to identify a common gene mutation.  Hmmm, one of our [...]

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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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Sting Concert Raises $1 million

• March 13, 2013 • Comments (0)

In my experience, if you can just get enough traction (i.e., incremental results) for your crazy idea, someone will eventually show up with a BIG idea or skill set that makes all the difference.   You just have to attract enthusiastic team members, work your tail off, ship (i.e., put something out into the marketplace – hold [...]

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