Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Untreatable Voice Diseases Should you give up and learn how to live with this disorder?
It definitely is vocal paralysis (paresis) or both vocal cords, the severe forms of spasmodic dysphonia, the severe forms of muscle tension dysphonia, scar tissue on the vocal cords, damaged vocal box and it’s anatomy due to/or during the surgical procedure and many more others .
Once, not too long ago, in my office/studio walked in a middle-aged, pretty handsome Asian man with his wife. It was very sad to try to speak with the man, as there was nothing else coming out of his mouth but mooing.
I could not understand one word he was trying to say. Then his wife took over the “conversation”.
She told us a story that her husband had a cancer of thyroid. Then the doctors first were trying to get rid of the cancer, they conducted a surgical procedure, which had paralyzed one of his vocal cords (vocal paresis).
Then he was suggested to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments, which, naturally, worsened his voice condition.
He became even more raspy and hoarse and then became hardly understood.
Then doctors decided to proceed with the second operation to remove the remaining cancer from his thyroid.
After he came out of the second surgery, his second vocal cord was also completely paralyzed.
How horrible it might be for the man in his mid-40’s to have communication difficulties, to the point that he could not form any sensible words! He came with the hope that I will offer him a magic pill and a magic cure…?
On one hand, of course, you cannot blame him that he was looking for a miracle.
On the other hand, how realistic is that?
I have explained to him that his condition cannot be cured, either by me or anybody else for that matter.
But what I could have done for him is improve the quality of his speaking; to improve clarity, annunciation and pronunciation, if not for all words, but for the majority of the words.
How would I do this, you may ask?
With the great difficulty, a lot of patience, huge intensity on both of our parts, employing the tedious Vocal Science ™ method and all of my 40 years experience, dealing with the health related (and other kinds) of voice/vocal disorders.
I would teach him how to speak, employing facial muscles, the use of which would make his voice at least 4 times more resonant and amplified.
Also, employing along with facial muscles, the abdominal muscles, would allow him to have a greater support of the sound, the proper lift of the sound off of the vocal box and thus he would become more understood, which means his confidence would be improved by far and the quality of life would be more enhanced and escalated.
Unfortunately, my prospective client could not understand how he could use the different muscles (facial muscles working in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles) and not the vocal cords.
Too bad for him because, as far as I am concerned, this tedious and intense, syllable-on-syllable, word-on-word Vocal Science™ technique is the only hope he had.
Evidently, not all vocal severe damages are curable, but almost all of them are treatable to some degree.
It requires the understanding, willingness and 'lovingness', an open heart & soul and true belief in the improvement of one’s condition.
Without the above, there is no point for any of the parties involved, to embark on such, not very easy at all, endeavor.
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