More and more people are inquiring about the difficulty of using their voice, as per normal. There are different factors taking place to prevent people from communicating efficiently and with no difficulty, using their speaking voice.
When the voice, sometimes due to a lot of very loud and excessive talking, drops down to its very low position, it begins to sound hoarse and raspy and very low in volume.
The person who experiences the above described symptoms is trying to push and pull that voice to the surface and, of course, the more they try, the less results they get.
Sometime ago, my voice repair client from Boston who used to play in the Blue Grass band, (before her vocal injury) told me:
“Diana, I pushed and pushed my voice, trying to bring it to a normal volume and get rid of the hoarseness, and last August, I knew that I have pushed it for the last time”.
By pushing and pulling her voice, not only did she lose her volume almost completely, she also acquired a nodule on one of her vocal cords.
Now we have had a double whammy.
We had to recover the voice from the “deep swamp” and we had to dissolve the nodule by releasing the vocal box from the pressure of the sound and nurturing her vocal anatomy with natural herbs and remedies.
When she finally arrived to my studio, her both (speaking and singing voice), were almost completely shattered.
By working on her speech, I was able to recover her voice from “the deep end”, so to speak, and once her speaking voice started to sound normal, as a side effect, I had finally taught her how to sing professionally and with no pain or strain on her vocal anatomy.
I have to say that it is still easier to work with the vocally injured singers than with the regular people with just speech problems.
Every singer intuitively knows and feels that their voice is a very sensitive commodity and could seize on them at any given time; where’s regular people with acquired speech problems are, quite often, taken by surprise.
They are talking a lot, they are talking loud, they are screaming at their children’s’ baseball games, the talk on the phone all day, either at work and/or with friends at home, and then “suddenly”, their voice however, gradually, begins to go. Since it has never happened to them before, they do not agree with it, as their whole being is protesting and still desires to be loud and flamboyant. So they force and force their voices out and the more they force, the worse it gets.
Now, finally, they were forced to stop, and that’s where their trauma begun.
So, psychologically speaking, it is much harder to deal with these people rather than with the amateur or professional singers. Not only speech troubled people, physically, have trouble to communicate, but emotionally, usually, they are also very distraught and quite disturbed.
Restoring the voice, in general, could be quite a long, intense and tedious procedure. Therefore, at my work, all of my degrees of education, my extensive experience in teaching and fixing voices, are utilized to the max.
First of all, I have to be a total communicator, as well as psychologist and sometimes even a psychiatrist, as without those skills, I cannot even begin the voice repair of any kind.