Friday, December 30, 2016
More and more phone calls and e-mails we are getting from people who have undergone related or non-related surgeries and who’s vocal cords and other parts of the vocal anatomy got damaged in the process. Recently, we had a few clients who had undergone thyroid removal (thyroidectomy) and all of them ended up with one of their vocal cords being paralyzed (vocal cord paresis).
One of our former clients who’s voice I fixed previously, but who (unfortunately, by not following the assigned protocol) ended up with having her papilloma growing, had been convinced by her ENT specialist to undergo not one, but two vocal surgeries. In the end, she ended up with what is called Sulcus Vocalis (vocal gap) and, thankfully, (just mild) Muscle Tension Dysphonia.
And lastly, a few hours ago, we got an e-mail from a professional person who recently undergone a biopsy procedure for her lung disorder. After the obvious intubation, she ended up with a very breathy, unclear and lower positioned voice. She told us that she read our blogs on Vocal Cord Paresis and felt that she now possesses very similar symptoms to what we have described in our publications.
The other day, I got her on the phone and could hardly make out what she was trying to convey to me.
This is a direct quote from her e-mail to us earlier today:
How sad is that?
Previously, she wrote that she wakes up with hope every morning that her voice is back to its normal state. Unfortunately though, by itself, it is not going to happen!
Nevertheless, to rectify the serious voice damage, may take up to 50 hours of our unique voice instruction coupled with the finest herbal and homeopathic remedies to be applied on the wounded and disturbed throat flora.
The above aforementioned remedies will work best when the pressure of the sound is removed from the vocal anatomy. To do so, the one’s voice has to be restructured and practically re-channeled to the set of their facial muscles (sinus cavities). Those facial muscles will play the role of the natural resonator or amplifier for that matter.
However, the whole new vocal mechanism will work in its fullest capacity only when the abdominal muscles will be simultaneously engaged to work with the facial muscles in order to assure the support of the height of the lifted sound as well as the width (the body) of the sound. In this junction, the vocal anatomy would be put to “rest” and thus the healing will begin.
So the mechanics of voice and its application, will be healed, strengthened and reestablished. And, as a result, the vocal anatomy will become sound again!
Thus the mission of Non-SurgicalVoice Repair is accomplished.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Vocally Speaking: Would Your Prefer To Fix Your Voice, Or Would You Rather Suffer From Permanent Voice Loss?
Lately, more and more, we are getting phone calls and e-mails from people who have been suffering from various voice disorders, and moreover, suffering for many years!
Needless to say, that with time, (10, 20 or even 30 years later) for some reason, their voices did not get cured or even properly treated for that matter; and nevertheless, their voices did not sound any better then at the beginning of their voice/vocal ordeal; rather, in majority of cases, much worse.
In fact, many of them claimed that the quality of their voices became more compromised from the time when their voice issues had originally began.
So the question then is… Why these people, suffering for numerous years, never put a handle on their voice disorder?
I think the answer is that there is not much help available with respect to nonsurgical voice repair, which actually (in most cases) will produce tangible results.
The other reason is that people are absolutely unaware of what’s happening to them and why; not withholding the fact that they are actually even more so unaware how to deal with their voice problems at all!
For example: All of them (regular speaking people and singers, nevertheless) think that there is a problem with their voice when, in reality, the problem is with the application of their voice.
Especially at the beginning of their voice issues, they go to numerous appointments with ENT specialists and speech therapists.
The ENT specialist, at best, could diagnose their disorder, but very rarely, they would offer any constructive course of action with respect of restoration of one’s voice and bringing it back to its normal state.
Of course, if there is an obvious growth on, let’s say the vocal cords, they would be more then happy to operate to remove the growth.
In a vast majority of the latter, those nasty nodules and polyps could be dissolved via special speech and/or singing exercises, which will possess the proper application and proper structure of the sound and which (in turn) will take the voice away from the effected area; and thus, release that effected area from the pressure of the sound and allow the vocal anatomy to heal (giving it a rest) while concurrently receiving the application of the natural herbs and homeopathic remedies for the complete healing of the throat flora.
As we all know, any surgery could produce unforeseen complications such as: scar tissue, sulcus vocalis (enlarged gap between the vocal cords) and even vocal paresis.
Sounds scary… doesn’t it?
But it could be even scarier when the time is lost for surgical interference to take place.
So, as I said in my numerous blogs and publications previously; DO NOT GIVE UP SEARCHING, especially for non-surgical solutions for your vocal problems.
Although, if it is not possible and the vocal surgery is required, please find a qualified surgeon who has a good reputation and a good record dealing with vocal disorders like yours.
However, don’t get fooled if the operation is successful and your voice sounds that much better after it was performed.
Please remember that your, so to speak “instrument” had been fixed, but you, as the “player”, did not learn anything new with respect of the different application of your voice, so that your vocal problem would not reoccur ever again.
With that said, you still need to look for a qualified voice specialist who would teach you how to use your voice correctly, i.e., without any pain or strain on your vocal anatomy and how with the minimum effort, to be able to produce maximum desirable results.
Please also remember that the voice cannot be fixed on its own.
And the more time passes with respect to your voice remaining to be untreated, the more possibilities there will be for your voice never to be recovered, which (no doubts) could, God forbid, lead to a permanent voice loss!
Monday, December 12, 2016
Vocally speaking - Part 2: Will you go to a car body shop to fix your car engine or any mechanical parts, for that matter?
It just happened to me….
I got hit by a Dear! I have to say that it was a very strange experience, to say the list! I have not seen it coming… What I saw, was a deer’s face in my windshield!
It came out of the blue, so to speak. It was just after 10 pm and I was driving at a speed of only 56 km! Thank God that I got a speeding ticket 2 days earlier, lol, Otherwise I possibly would be going much faster and thus, the impact of my collision with the deer could have been much more serious. So my car (which I managed to drive home somehow) ended up being damaged for over $11.000! To my surprise, the body shop, where the car was towed, said that they will take care of everything, mechanics included. Now, 2 weeks later, they called me and told me that they were unable to fix the engine! Go figure! So they had to ship my car to a Volkswagen dealership after all! Now, at least it makes sense! The body shop is the shop meant to fix the body of the car and the dealership is responsible for the mechanical part of it.
I am saying that, one more time again, to compare this ordeal to the ordeal of those who have been suffering from various voice/vocal disorders.
Just earlier today, I was talking on the phone with the person residing in the Middle East and who, for some time, had been suffering from excessive silent acid reflux which, by extension, effected his speaking and singing voice. Nevertheless, he sounded quite low and quite raspy while speaking.
In his original e-mail to us, he was asking if we are doing it remotely, i.e., via Skype, Facetime or what have you…? I outright wrote to him that his problem, as any other vocal problem, is quite serious, and it qualifies as internal medicine and cannot be addressed (and furthermore treated or cured) remotely.
I also told him that if anybody will offer him that, they will be after his money and not after his interest.
Now let’s visualize my car being fixed remotely…
Is that possible? Take a wild guess……
Now, jokes aside…
Likewise, the damaged voice is a very serious matter, as it has to be restored and brought to its original state, which is easier said than done!
Apparently, my potential client has been researching all kinds of speech therapists and ENT doctors who were recommending him various medications to “treat” and even “cure” silent acid reflux.
Like my former client (band singer) from Venezuela, he too had difficulty to breathe, especially at night time and in order to sleep (at least remotely), he had to use two or three pillows to create almost a sitting position rather than actually lying down in bed.
Needless to say, both guys were doing everything and anything to make their lives easier and suffer less. (At least they thought so…)
Did that help, you may ask?
Again, it did…somewhat …hardly.
The guy from Venezuela finally (after 5 years of planning) reached Toronto and took 20 hours of instruction and treatment. And to complete his voice recovery (and for the maintenance), he attended a 10 hour group Healthy Voice/Vocal Workshop.
On the third day, he (surprisingly) was late for his morning session.
When he finally showed up, he exclaimed – “Sorry for being late Diana, but for the first time in many years, I slept like a log and did not even hear my baby crying”. For the record, he did travel to us with his whole family, including a newborn baby.
By that time (via my special speech and singing exercises), his voice was already lifted off of his vocal box and off of his vocal cords, thus releasing the vocal box and the chest from the pressure of the sound.
The voice was restructured to the set of his facial muscles and thus, was positioned quite far away from the gastric acid, which before was burning his vocal cords and interfering with his breathing.
Needless to say, his problem was solved and, as a side effect, he learned how to speak and sing.
He learned and utilized the method of how to speak and sing smart and not hard, while concurrently, he also learned how to apply minimum efforts to achieve maximum results! Needless to say, he was able to power his voice ‘upon design’ and knew predominantly what will come out of his mouth without taking wild guesses and keeping his fingers crossed and dying of fear.
There is, of course a possibility with acid reflux (as well as with some other internal health disorders), that it has to be addressed either way, and not necessarily, but rather simultaneously, with persisting voice issues.
But at least, in the interim (with the proper voice mechanics instruction and treatment), the person’s voice has been saved. It has also been assured that the voice damage will never occur ever again, (should the person retain the specific instructions embedded into him during the voice restoration sessions).
The moral of the above is:
Do not look for gimmicks, such as the “remote approach” or unneeded prescribed medical drugs! Fix the mechanics of voice first and everything else after that.
Now, again speaking of my car:
The body shop, evidently, fixed the frame of the car, not realizing that the mechanical parts could appear to be beyond repair! As of today, the Volkswagen dealership cannot figure out what is wrong with the engine and other mechanical parts under the hood. The body shop made the car look real good, shiny and clean; but if, mechanically, it’s still not sound, then all their work will be completely obsolete!
For some reason people who suffer from voice disorders (speakers or singers) think that there is something wrong with their voice…? They do not realize that the main problem lies due to the insufficient application of the voice, which could potentially cause all kinds of voice damage.
So please “try not to work on the fridge when the stove is broken” so to speak…
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Once you notice that you’re speaking or singing voice is not performing in a regular fashion, you should try to attend to this voice problem as soon as you possibly can!
You would need to find the cause of your vocal disorder and the source of the proper and efficient treatment.
Acquiring the proper knowledge will bring you to an understanding of what’s actually happening; and hopefully, you will act accordingly, addressing the root of the problem. Some people think nothing of it and hope that the problem will fix itself and everything will come back to normal on its own. Unfortunately, this is not going to happen!
Your ultimate goal is to stop “loving” your problem and do everything in your power to be able to conquer it, which in turn, will allow you to come back to a normal life.
I’ve noticed over many years dealing with non-surgical voice repairs that the sufferers are almost afraid to part with their voice/vocal problems. They declare that they want to fix it, but they do not do much towards rectifying their voice/vocal inadequacy.
It appears as if they have difficulty to combat their fear of the recovery…?
Sounds like a complete paradox, doesn’t it? But believe it or not, it is the truth of the matter. Some of them are going to various specialists and getting completely confused on their diagnosis. It is understandable, but what I don’t understand is why would singers (for example) look for help from speech therapists…?
My take on this is that these people have no understanding (or knowledge for that matter) that it is not only about the “quality” of their voice, but it is mainly about the mechanical application of their voice (speaking or singing).
Furthermore, speech therapists primarily never had been trained in the restoration of vocal mechanics, or furthermore, in the development of a vocal technique. People are exponentially losing their sense while being constricted by the economic turnaround. They are looking for speech therapists because the latter is accepting medical insurance, while concurrently not realizing that “insurance” will no help them rectify their voice problem the way it should be done. These people don’t have any proper knowledge because they refuse to verbally express themselves, and sometimes (especially if it is about the voice) the real message gets lost in translation… so to speak.
It never ceases to amaze me when the people that inquire about their voice issues do not want to reveal the sound of their voice, even to the voice specialist! That’s why sometimes I wonder… Do they really want to treat and restore their voices back to normal, or they love to be “special” accepting pity and sympathy from their friends and family?
I will leave it to their discretion, but will hope that one day, they will realize that the voice was given to them for the purpose to communicate verbally and or vocally; and to have it not functioning in its full capacity (especially when it could be fixed) is a real shame.