Tips and advice for learning how to speak, sing, perform and live the dream of being a professional entertainer (speaker or singer) and performing artist, along with common sense commentary and rants on the state of today's music industry. Written by international master vocal coach, Diana Yampolsky, creator of Vocal Science (TM).
This Time, Medical Doctors And Speech Therapists Had Failed The Patient With The Muscle tension Dysphonia Diagnosis!
The story is about “old” Maggie Y - now the “new” Ariel Y. Maggie Y came to us about a year ago to fix her breaking and crackling voice due to muscle tension dysphonia (MTD) voice disorder. Maggie told us her story and explained the reason why she thinks it happened to her.
With her permission, we would share her story with you:
She originally came from China and, nonetheless, had experienced all the consequences of immigration. Her parents were extremely stressed going through the process of immigration to Canada. Given all that, their marriage was quite-a-bit on the rocks.
When Maggie turned 16 (she is now 24 years old ) the family situation became worse while Maggie, at the time, was attending high school. The parents were fighting everyday and Maggie, in order to stop their screaming at each other, was screaming and yelling herself day-in and day-out, obviously feeling upset and frustrated.
Due to all of that happening, she began feeling tightness in her throat and in her neck. She felt a lump in her throat and her voice was failing her while she was trying to speak. Maggie finally went to the ENT specialist(s) who diagnosed her with muscle tension dysphonia (MTD). She was referred to speech therapists as well as speech pathologists, but to no avail. Obviously, at that time, nobody could help her; and nevertheless, her confidence was failing her as well.
Eight years later, after a lot of searching for help on the net, she approached our establishment and began to work with me. It was not an easy road for either of us, but we conquered the problem - and today, Maggie speaks completely normal. Her confidence soared exponentially and in more ways than one… Overall this time, I became not only her mentor but her friend and consultant on many other issues she has been going through for all these years till now.
A couple of months ago, she told me that since her life changed immensely, she wants to adopt a new name. Now in her new, more elaborate Government job she recently acquired, instead of using her old name “Maggie”, she introduced herself as Ariel. She is feeling that her life (due to the change in her voice and thus in her spirit) took a turn for the better. Therefore, she decided to get away from her old life which was associated with her “old” name Maggie. She is a “new” Ariel now and we are very proud of her…
She was yesterday participating in my birthday party coupled with the 35th anniversary of my school, which was founded on February the 15th, 1984. Ariel was truly blossoming looks-wise, voice-wise and in every other aspect… Please read below what she has addressed to me in her greeting card:
"It is an honour to be able to celebrate your birthday and the anniversary of Vocal Science with you!
I cannot wait to continue sharing many more experiences with you. You are an absolute blessing, miracle and divine gift to this world. So thank you for all that you do!"
- Feb 3rd, 2019
Also,to my knowledge, she is now back on the dating scene. In our correspondence today, I said to her that I am visualizing her wedding shower party and that I believe that the man of her dreams (her prince) is yet to come and is already around the corner.
Way to go “new” Ariel! Expect the miracles coming your way!
Lately, for some mysterious reason,
I hear more and more from people who used to be able to sing (or even
professional singers with voice issues) contemplating to receive the treatment
for their voice problems from speech therapists or speech pathologists…? How logical is that?
to me, it does not make any sense, as none of the above were ever trained how
to become a singer or, nevertheless, knowing how to sing and, furthermore, how
to treat singers from vocal diseases. Moreover, some of them actually suffer
themselves from MTD (Muscle tension Dysphonia) or even SD (Spasmodic Dysphonia).
their “claim to fame” is that they
had (and majority of them still have) such vocal disorders themselves.
brag about it, trying to convince a potential sufferer that they know all about
it, since they have been suffering from the same thing…?
question is: if they have been suffering from such disorders described above, how
did they get it in the first place?
wild guess would be…
The first question you have to ask yourself is: How did you end up with such a nasty diagnosis?
You may ask yourself: What have I been doing wrong with respect to my speaking or my singing voice for that matter?
Analyzing the above while looking for the answer, you may remember that you had a bad cold or virus… At that time, your voice got quite compromised and it became raspy and hoarse. You, meanwhile, were trying to clear your throat quite hard and pushed and pulled your voice (also quite hard) to make it clearer and louder…
By doing all of those things, you no doubt strained your vocal cords, and are now have been experiencing the consequences of such actions. In the end, you ended up with pain in your throat, with an even more raspy and hoarse voice and, in some cases, perhaps with breathing difficulties. By the way, the latter may bring you to the next undesirable diagnosis - you may acquire asthma-like symptoms… God forbid.
To get to all of the above, you perhaps used your voice…
“Just landed… I had a wonderful, encouraging time! I can not wait to come back. I will definitely be in contact soon!” - Aubrie M ___________________
Aubrie M arrived to us last Friday, November the 1st from Pittsburgh, USA. Prior to her arrival, we have been in communication with her for a few months, as she had to pay off her 30-hour course and treatment in increments.
We had already been very impressed with Aubrie throughout the process, as she told us that she was working (simultaneously) two jobs - totalling over 70 hours a week to come to us to fix her muscle tension dysphonia disorder; and thus claim her life back - and, in our opinion, no doubt, more positive and better quality than before.
Up until Aubrie had arrived to us, we had no idea that she was a young single mom with a young son. For the last three years, her dreams, however, had been completely shattered. Apparently, nobody in her native city, (Pittsburgh) could help Aubrie to rectify her vocal problem. let alone to re…