Conventional Voice Repair Hullabaloo! -- Kazoo...? or Not to Kazoo?
Lately I attract more and more voice repair clients who have problems with speech and not necessarily with singing. Some of them have been suffering for two or even three decades with diagnoses like muscle tension dysphonia (MTD), spasmodic dysphonia, vocal cords burned with acid reflux and many other voice issues . None of them were able to get any meaningful help from medical doctors or even specialists and let alone from speech therapists. Some of my clients have seen numerous speech therapists who offered them to blow into a kazoo, blow into a straw to a glass of water, and yawn with an excessive sigh ! According to those speech therapists the muscles on their patients’ necks and their vocal cords for that matter will get relaxed and that’s how all of their vocal issues will be solved … ??? In my humble opinion all of those manipulations are completely obsolete, useless, and counter-productive. By following the above, nothing meaningful can be produce