Showing posts from July, 2009

Acid Reflux - How Does it Affect One's Voice and What Are the Consequences of That Voice/Vocal and, Nevertheless, Health Disorder(s)?

Nearly every other person that comes to our enterprise for a Non-Surgical Voice Repair accelerated voice/vocal immersion course, states that they were diagnosed with Acid Reflux, and about 99% of the time that diagnosis is mistaken to be the cause  of voice/vocal problems rather than the effect  of the improper application of the voice causing  the voice problem/vocal disorders in the first place. It seems that "Acid Reflux" is now a general catch-all label used by doctors, speech therapists and speech pathologists for patients who they are not able to help or don’t know how to help... (which seems to be most of the time). Those medical professionals are usually prescribing drugs, which are actually available over the counter such as Nexium, Zantac, etc. In any case, those drugs almost never produce any tangible results and the person still complains even more about a dry and itchy throat, hoarseness and an inability to speak or let alone sing clearly. In reality, the p

Occupational Hazards: Dealing with Everyday Bad Voice Habits.

I work with people from a wide variety of professions and walks of life, but I do find myself working with specific groups of people more often than others: Lawyers, Teachers, Admin Assistants, Salespeople, Public Speakers, Professional Voiceover Artists, Radio & TV Personalities and Singers. Due to their chosen professions, they often ruin their voices because they have no knowledge of any sort with respect of how to use their voices properly or how to preserve their voices for a prolonged period of time. Majority of times, these people tend to speak without any knowledge of how to lift their voices off of their vocal boxes and vocal cords in particular, and rather, instead, put their voices in use employing a different set of muscles (facial muscles); thus providing a very much needed rest for their vocal anatomy overall. On the contrary, they are pulling and pushing their vocal chords, squeezing and twisting their larynx and, moreover, engaging the muscles in their ne