If it happens to a regular person, who is not a singer at all, and not at all prepared that one day he/she wakes up and will sound with the hoarse raspy voice which is hardly resembling the voice which the sufferer originally possessed. Not being in agreement with that, the person starts to push all surrounding muscles – like throat, neck, shoulders and chest, trying to extract some sound familiar to them.
Unfortunately, the more they push, the less they accomplish.
Moreover, the sounds actually gets pushed more so down and may easily get stuck at the neck, which in a short while may become an indication of what’s called Muscle Tension Dysphonia. Now, clearly, the real vocal injury has occurred. Naturally, the first thought that comes to the sufferer is to get referred to ENT doctor. They wait for months for the appointment and finally arrive to the ENT specialist’s office.
After being examined and being diagnosed, especially with something the doctor has nothing to operate on, they are being let go with the absolute confusion and no direction how to proceed further and conquer their voice injury.
So what is the alternative?
Some people are not at all open to that idea; others, with more understanding, are more than happy to embark on a proper voice/vocal technique supplemented with natural herbs and remedies. Some people truly think that the only problem they have is that their vocal anatomy is not intact, but otherwise they are fine.
So if only they could get a hold of a “magic pill”, preferably prescribed by a medical doctor, they would be just fine and would continue their lifestyle – speaking/singing with a wrong technique/application of the voice, speaking excessively loud, singing with the strained voice and colds, and consuming a lot of dairy, sweets, and red meat.
We all wish that it would be that easy, but unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it may seem. By the time the person experiences the severe symptoms, the whole body, and sometimes, the soul is also out of whack. So at this time the problem is quite deep and quite encompassing and thus has to be approached and treated holistically. By the time the person with the voice disorder finally finds an alternative help, he/she usually suffers quite a bit psychologically and emotionally.
A lot of them are very tearful and feel like a failure; some of them are so depressed that they feel suicidal. No wonder though, as the voice is a great tool for communication - speaking or singing. Suddenly, these affected people are being deprived from their voice – in the global understanding of that word. It actually could be quite devastating.
So now these people not only need the work on their voice, but first of all, they would need to work on their mental balance, and their physical body balance (diet and what not), and then on the actual proper mechanics of the voice, which once employed, will save and protect the voice for life, and thus prevent the occurrence of this ever happening again.
What price tag can you put on that?
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