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Believe it or not, asthma disorder could be very much connected to a voice disorder, due to improper breathing.

If the asthma sufferer is not aware of his/her breathing patterns, it could very easily effect their voice, as the throat, at the time, becomes very dry, and also the use of the medicated puffers will dry out one’s throat in no time.

One way to help the asthma sufferers with their asthma disorder and, if needed, their damaged voice, is (first of all) to teach them proper breathing, which will immensely help the sufferers with asthma symptoms during the attacks; and concurrently, due to the lift of voice off of the lower and upper respiratory system, the voice healing will be enhanced by the virtue fact that it had gotten removed from the infected area.

Now let’s talk about breathing exercises: 

I usually do not work with clients on just breathing; it always connected to the speaking/singing sounds, syllables and vowels.

The objective here is to employ three components of the breathing mechanism such as:

  • Lower abdomen – for the support of the height of the sound.
  • Upper diaphragm – for the support of the width (body of the sound)
  • Mouth breath – which has to be taken very quickly, passing by all of the respiratory anatomy and becoming placed underneath of the sound, traveling on a parallel track with it and propelling the sound forward.

Once the above is achieved, the respiratory cavities are freed; so is the vocal anatomy, which open up a space for the natural herbal and homeopathic remedies to be applied and act to its’ fullest capacity.

That too plays an essential role in the asthma patient’s recovery.

So, with that said, we could “kill two birds with one stone”. The asthma is treated and could be actually cured; and the voice, concurrently, will also improve and recover dramatically!

In this case.., could you ask for anything more?

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Given that we live in a digital era, more and more we have been asked if we provide Non-Surgical Voice Repair Services remotely, i.e., via Skype, FaceTime, WeChat and etc.

This trend started a few years ago and, at that time, I thought that people were simply joking…! I thought “they could not be serious”, as any vocal disorder could represent a serious internal problem.

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In fact, I just came back from my travels in the Middle East and unfortunately ended up (due to one of my relatives’ serious medical problem) in an ICU section of the hospital. In fact, they did not call it ICU (like in North America). They call it the “Internal Medicine Department”.

It confused me at first, but after thoroughly thinking about it, I understood the total meaning of the name “Internal Medicine”, which totally matched the description. All of those people in that wing were cared for 24/7 and all of the monitors (which they were connected to) were also supervised 24/7.

Respectively, I treat all voice disorders as any complicated internal health problem would be treated, as a lot of the time, the loss of voice (for example) could represent a very serious internal dysfunction, such as (even) cancer.

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So given the complexity of the above, do some people really think that it could be addressed remotely?? If they do, they themselves (nevertheless) need to have their head examined. (in fact and sadly, with that comment, I’m not even joking!)

Let me give you one example, which occurred a couple of years ago, but, to this day, I still cannot get over of that phone call. My caller was a “distraught” mother of a 15 years old teenager, as she identified as a pop star. Her pop star daughter had seen 5 ENT specialists who had granted her with 5 very serious diagnoses. You name it, she’s got it!

My heart immediately opened up to the child with serious vocal problems, which were not only impeding on her vocal performance, but also on her social life and teenage life in general. I began my presentation with respect to how I can approach treating all of those serious vocal disorders, obviously presuming that we are talking about the mother and the daughter taking the trip to Toronto Canada and “landing” straight in my studio.

After the extensive conversation with whole bunch of very valuable explanations from my side, her last question to me was, “Can we do a FaceTime please?” That question left me “speechless”. I could not believe my ears…

Instead of asking me how soon I would be able to accept and embrace her daughter in order to literally save her life, she was asking if I could deal with all FIVE MAJOR vocal problems (possessed by her daughter) via phone or computer! Go figure!

Nowadays, people think that any problems could be solved from the distance and not in person. Please think again! Will you ask a masseuse, chiropractor or hair dresser to attend to your body or to your hair via computer? I’m afraid that some people are already thinking about it. LOL! Maybe we should also have all the hospitals closed and conduct all the surgeries, CAT scans and MRI’s remotely? Wouldn’t that be something?

For those people who think so, we suggest to purchase something along the lines of a Gear VR, or even better, an Oculus Rift!

Those gadgets would give these people a perfect illusion of the virtual world, but eventually, they will have to come back to earth and “smell the coffee” (so to speak); i.e., have a hard-core check with reality, which will allow them, finally, to get off of their couches and start dealing with the real world and the real problems, one or two of which, in fact, could be enhanced voice or vocal problems.

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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?

Honestly, 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).

So their “claim to fame” is that they had (and majority of them still have) such vocal disorders themselves. They brag about it, trying to convince a potential sufferer that they know all about it, since they have been suffering from the same thing…? My question is: if they have been suffering from such disorders described above, how did they get it in the first place?

My wild guess would be that they (probably themselves) did not use the voice correctly; i.e., spoke a lot, spoke forceful and loud, had a very intense lifestyle and had no idea that all of that could effect their voice and bring it to such disorder…

If that is the case, how in the world could they help a person (especially a singer) with a voice disorder when they themselves have gotten in trouble with their voice (not knowing anything, at the time, about the consequences). And the best they could do is to pretend that nothing had happened; and if they even admitted that it had happened, they would use that occurrence to convince the potential clients (with similar vocal disorders) that they could help them. My fear is that “they will help them alright”… to enhance their disorder and not to treat it or cure it by any means.

We, on the other hand, will help the vocal disorder to be treated (or even cured, in some cases) via our revolutionary Vocal Science ™ technique combined with our customized natural herbal and homeopathic remedies.

We have also developed complete beginner singers to well-known professional recording artists, performers and winners of numerous international vocal competitions. To learn more, please refer to our extensive client list on our website: www.vocalscience.com.

We certainly hope that you come to your senses and realize that if your singing voice is out of sorts and in jeopardy to be lost for good, you will have to find a voice specialist who (nevertheless) had been a singer and educator (with extensive experience) specializing in singing voice mechanics and voice health.

For example:

Let’s suppose that an individual needs brain surgery.

Would they hire an orthopedic doctor to perform it?

Sounds funny, doesn’t it?

Indeed!!

So those speech therapists and pathologists, for that matter, presumably know something about the voice (if at all, it would be about the speaking voice), how in the world, when they never had sung a note themselves, they could help you, a singer with vocal problems…?

This is your riddle and daily digest.

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Step 1.

  • Identify the vocal problem itself in order to get your voice back.

Perhaps, you have noticed that your voice (Speaking and/or singing) is not working in the same capacity as it once was. Obviously you are puzzled and concerned. At this point, you have to come to terms that something is not the same and begin to accept that fact.

Step 2.

  • Identify the cause of such occurrence.

Please try to analyze what could have caused your voice problem in the first place. Please try to “rewind” all the possible facts, which could have lead to such an ordeal. You might think of any medical/surgical procedures you might have undergone in the not very distant past. You might think of a ball game you might have attended with your kids, or a concert of your Idol singing.

In this instance, you would possibly be able to recall how excited you were then, during the events, & how loud you were cheering for the performers in the field.

Also, it probably would not hurt to look at your personal relationship with your spouse and your children. Have you been shouting a lot lately? Have you, perhaps, been under a lot of stress at work and/or at home?

All of the above factors (and many others) could easily aid to a voice problem. When you are in the moment, you are not paying attention how loud you speak or scream. The consequences will haunt you later.

Step 3.

  • Do not ‘sugarcoat’ your feelings; rather, embrace it with a grain of sault.

That alone will help you immensely to get your voice back in a fast and efficient manner.

When you start experiencing some changes in your voice, please DO NOT pretend that nothing happened and do not convince yourself that it is just temporary and you will feel better tomorrow. Unfortunately, you might not feel better tomorrow, as the damage has already been done and it will not go away on its own.

It might require some further investigation and medical (or alternative) assistance.

Step 4.

  • Outline your goal for the best possible recovery of your vocal problem and enjoy getting there.

Once you are able to face the fact that you do have a vocal problem, please embrace this fact and outline the goal to get your voice back. It might, not necessarily, be an easy road, but please try to enjoy the process towards achieving your main goal – getting your voice back.

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Vocal Strain means that the voice was misused or abused in more ways then one.

Sometimes, just regular people end up abusing their voices without being aware of doing so. Some of them are speaking a lot and speaking very forcefully; almost screaming instead of speaking.

They do get tired by the end of the day, but in the morning, they start all over again. Also, if their work requires them to speak on the phone all day, or to teach classes/courses, that’s where the vocal strain may occur; (and sometimes, to the point when they may lost their voice completely). Sometimes, the vocal strain could produce some growths (like nodules or polyps) on the vocal cords. That’s where the “alarm should go off”, so to speak.

Now we are talking about the growth on the vocal cords, which, by itself, is a very serious matter. Either surgically, or preferably non-surgically, any growth has to be eliminated. We know the cases where such growth left not to be treated for a while, turn to being cancerous.

As for singers, due to the lack of the proper technique, they could also acquire serious problems onto their vocal anatomy. Outside of provoking a growth on their vocal cords, they could also end up with Muscle Tension Dysphonia, or even Spasmodic Dysphonia. Very often, the vocal cords strained could lead to a vocal disorder such as sulcus vocalis (enlarged gap between the vocal cords). The vocal cords are so strained that they cannot come back to their original state.

Often, the speaker or singer sounds quite hissy and breathy, which is the first symptom of the above aforementioned vocal disorder. To avoid all of those vocal issues, the singers should adapt such technique, which promotes the safety, health and longevity of one’s voice.

The regular people and the professional people who require extensive use of their voices, should be always on guard with respect to how they use their voice; try to speak less and speak not very loud.

If you, the reader, do notice any changes with your speaking and, or singing voice, stop immediately and assess the situation.

Don’t let it go unnoticed. It may lead you to endanger your voice and even to the complete loss of voice.

REMEMBER, YOU will always need your TOOL OF COMMUNICATION!

Please love it and preserve it for life!

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The voice disorder such as a paralyzed vocal cord is definitely “not a picnic” to put it mildly. Usually, this condition occurs due to a related or non-related surgery. It occurs very often during the thyroid extraction or spine fusion, where the neck is involved. It actually could occur in any surgery where intubation takes place.

The fact is that majority of the hospitals here in Canada and in the United States are the teaching hospitals. What that means is that these kind of procedures are not necessarily conducted by the appointed specialist(s), but are being performed by medical interns or even by medical faculty University students. Those young doctors to be are obviously still learning and do not have experience how to insert those tubes correctly. Thus, the occurred mistakes, which could cause the patient a severe damage of their vocal box, could be crucial to one’s life.

So the patient who went in to the operating room with a perfectly good voice, woke up a few hours later and discovered that their once precious and absolutely normal sounding voice, was not performing the regular way as before the surgery. Some of the patients, though, were assured and reassured by their doctors that it is a natural consequence of their surgery and the voice will get restored on its own…?

Unfortunately, that is never the case. In most cases, the vocal cord(s) is damaged and, worst of all, paralyzed. So the patient’s speech becomes very raspy and hoarse, heavy and strained and it is sometimes very difficult to understand what that person is trying to say. Understandably, those patients are extremely upset and frustrated and some are severely depressed and even feel suicidal. Is there a cure? From the medical point of view, there is not.

Could it be treated in such a way that this type of patients will speak more clear and more pronounced, will be more understood and feel that their throat and neck are released from the pressure of the sound, and thus they will feel more at ease and feel much lighter and brighter? Absolutely!!!

From where I sit, with special speech exercises, coupled with the certain body movements, I would be able to lift their voice off of the vocal cords and restructure it in a different set of muscles (facial muscles), which will begin to work in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles and thus, the use of the throat, larynx and vocal cords will be minimized and practically eliminated. Also, via same, but more in depth exercises, in the less severe cases, I would be able to induce, if not the full movement of the vocal cord, but at least a partial movement of one. Moreover, the natural herbs and some homeopathic remedies will be administered onto the patients’ vocal box to lubricate, heal and strengthen it.

Needless to say, the impurities like mucus and gastric acids will be eliminated from one’s vocal anatomy. As far as I am concerned (and so are over 20,000 clients I have attended to), it is a Genius Approach that Definitely Does Work!

I am grateful to God everyday for the gift of healing I received from the above.

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Indeed, should you give up, or rather do something, which will (at least) improve the quality of your life?

What are those untreatable, nasty voice disorders?

It definitely is vocal paralysis (paresis) or both vocal cords, the severe forms of spasmodic dysphonia, the severe forms of muscle tension dysphonia, scar tissue on the vocal cords, damaged vocal box and it’s anatomy due to/or during the surgical procedure and many more others .

Once, not too long ago, in my office/studio walked in a middle-aged, pretty handsome Asian man with his wife. It was very sad to try to speak with the man, as there was nothing else coming out of his mouth but mooing. I could not understand one word he was trying to say. Then his wife took over the “conversation”.

She told us a story that her husband had a cancer of thyroid. Then the doctors first were trying to get rid of the cancer, they conducted a surgical procedure, which had paralyzed one of his vocal cords (vocal paresis). Then he was suggested to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments, which, naturally, worsened his voice condition.

He became even more raspy and hoarse and then became hardly understood.Then doctors decided to proceed with the second operation to remove the remaining cancer from his thyroid. After he came out of the second surgery, his second vocal cord was also completely paralyzed. How horrible it might be for the man in his mid-40’s to have communication difficulties, to the point that he could not form any sensible words!

He came with the hope that I will offer him a magic pill and a magic cure…? On one hand, of course, you cannot blame him that he was looking for a miracle. On the other hand, how realistic is that?

I have explained to him that his condition cannot be cured, either by me or anybody else for that matter. But what I could have done for him is improve the quality of his speaking; to improve clarity, annunciation and pronunciation, if not for all words, but for the majority of the words.

How would I do this, you may ask?

With the great difficulty, a lot of patience, huge intensity on both of our parts, employing the tedious Vocal Science ™ method and all of my 40 years experience, dealing with the health related (and other kinds) of voice/vocal disorders. I would teach him how to speak, employing facial muscles, the use of which would make his voice at least 4 times more resonant and amplified.

Also, employing along with facial muscles, the abdominal muscles, would allow him to have a greater support of the sound, the proper lift of the sound off of the vocal box and thus he would become more understood, which means his confidence would be improved by far and the quality of life would be more enhanced and escalated. Unfortunately, my prospective client could not understand how he could use the different muscles (facial muscles working in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles) and not the vocal cords.

Too bad for him because, as far as I am concerned, this tedious and intense, syllable-on-syllable, word-on-word Vocal Science™ technique is the only hope he had.

Evidently, not all vocal severe damages are curable, but almost all of them are treatable to some degree. It requires the understanding, willingness and ‘lovingness’, an open heart & soul and true belief in the improvement of one’s condition.

Without the above, there is no point for any of the parties involved, to embark on such, not very easy at all, endeavor.

If you find this content informative and helpful, please refer to our websites for more detailed information, or give Diana Yampolsky a call for a free consultation on any of the vocal problems you, or your loved one(s) might have.

416-857-8741

www.vocalscience.com

www.repairyourvoice.com

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