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"Worried about your voice? Do you have hoarseness, throat discomfort or difficulty with vocal endurance? Visit MVAC to investigate why and sort this out"

"Save your voice with state-of-the-art voice analysis techniques and treatment planning."

 

Newsflash

What is a voice problem?

 

A Voice Problem:

Is an unexpected change in the sound or feeling of your voice which doesn’t suit your vocal needs.

 

Symptoms include:- Huskiness, hoarseness, lowered pitch, decreased pitch range, difficulty projecting voice, voice breaks, throat discomfort (tickling throat clearing, pain), voice fatigue or decreased stamina.

 

When to seek help:-

1) When symptoms persist in the absence of an illness longer than two to three weeks.

2) Immediately if you have throat pain not associated with a cold/flu or if you are

coughing up blood or have a lump in the throat.

3) If you have a complete loss or severe change in voice lasting longer than a few days.

If ignored, the problem can become chronic, more severe and can lead to development of pathologies like nodules.

Rarely due to cancer unless you have been a smoker and a heavy drinker. Is commonly misdiagnosed as laryngitis and often inappropriately given repeated

antibiotics or long-term use of throat gargles.

 

Some common causes of Voice problems

- Voice use patterns (eg faulty, excessive, misuse, abuse or discuss)

- Irritants - smoking (cigarettes, marijuana), dust/pollutants

- Allergy

- Gastro-oesophageal reflux

- Stress

- Medication

- Vocal injury:- trauma to larynx (intubation, external hit to the neck etc)

- Health issues/diseases: eg. Asthma, thyroid dysfunct ion, arthritis, hormonal imbalance or neurological problem.

- Upper respiratory tract infections/inflammation

- Others.

 

Some realities about voice problems

- Majority of voice problems don’t need surgery.

- The majority of voice problems are avoidable and remediable.

- Even the most accomplished highly trained singer can develop a voice problem

(same as an elite athlete is still susceptible to injury)

- Voice problems can have a huge psychological impact and can also be caused by

psychological distress.

- You don’t realize how crucial your voice is until you lose it.

- Other people can be unsympathetic about voice problems and tend to comment more readily than they would if someone limped, stuttered or was in a wheelchair, e.g. “Have you got a cold?” or “That’s a sexy voice”. Often they raise their own volume assuming the person also has a hearing problem.

- 2/3 of voice problems are due to faulty use and can lead to pathology such as swelling, nodules, cysts or bleeds in the cords.

 

Prevalence of Voice Problems

- Virtually everyone at some stage over a one year period will experience a ‘croaky” throat whether due to a cold, fatigue or something more serious or long lasting.

- Whether this becomes a problem, usually depends on the severity, duration, how much you depend on your voice for social and vocational purposes and your reaction to the symptoms.

- 1/3 of performers experience some problem with their voice over a 1 year period, frequently requiring them to cancel a performance or to give a sub standard performance.

- High risk groups are those who use their voices a lot, those who use their voices incorrectly and those who use the extremes of their voice without relief, eg. school teachers, auctioneers, barristers, aerobics instructors, singers, actors, spruikers, sales representatives, telephonists/ call centre operators, clergy, children (yellers, choristers) etc.


 

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