When is my voice injured?
What do you do if you think that something is wrong with your voice? This is a frightening situation for a singer to be in. Fortunately, there is now hope and help for singers from within a field called Performing Arts Medicine. This large umbrella field encompasses performing artists from a variety of disciplines including dancers, instrumentalists and singers. Professional Voice Care is a subspecialty branch of Performing Arts Medicine. In the field of professional voice care, there is a team approach to vocal health much as you would expect to find in the related field of sports medicine. The current voice care team consists of a laryngologist, a speech-language pathologist and a singing voice specialist. Additional members may include a voice scientist, acting-voice trainer, and a nurse or a physician’s assistant. Consultants such as a stress manager/speaking coach, a medical psychologist, a neurologist, a gastroenterologist, an endocrinologist, and a nutritionist may also be part of the team.
When a singer schedules an appointment to see a professional voice care team, there is a patient protocol which consists of a medical diagnosis, objective measures analysis, and a functional diagnosis of both the speaking and singing voice.
Diagnostic findings may include medical issues, general vocal health issues, and/or functional issues such as:
Nodules, cyst, polyp, hemorrhage
General Vocal Health
Laryngitia sicca, reflux, allergy
Muscular tension dysphonia, singing in the wrong range, choosing inappropriate keys to sing in, singing all of the voice parts when directing a choir, yelling from the back of a room at the show choir on stage with a full band