Voice Therapy for Singers
Customized vocal exercises designed to restore your vocal quality, stamina, and range while also helping to heal vocal injuries and protect you against re-injury. Our singing voice specialists teach you to maintain vocal health as well as strategies to return you to your highest level of vocal performance.
Your singing voice specialist will offer guidance on factors that support the health and function of your voice, such as improving hydration, reducing misuse or overuse of your voice, avoiding throat clearing and coughing, and, in coordination with your laryngologist, managing allergies, asthma, acid reflux, or other medical conditions that can affect your voice.
Finding a balance between voice use and voice rest every day is important if you have a voice problem that worsens with overuse. Vocal pacing means not talking or singing for small intervals during the day to allow your vocal cords to recover from vibration. If your profession makes heavy demands on your voice, it's also important to take longer periods of voice rest outside of work. Without these recovery times, your vocal cords may be injured more quickly and heal more slowly. Vocal pacing is challenging but necessary, and your singing voice specialist will work with you to develop good strategies for vocal pacing while helping you get back to your singing baseline.
While voice rest is not the first line of treatment for most voice problems, not talking is beneficial in certain situations, such as acute laryngitis, after voice surgery, or in the case of vocal cord hemorrhage. There are times when voice rest is recommended to give the vocal cords a break from vibration so they can heal from injury. Your laryngologist may recommend a week or so of voice rest. During this time you can communicate by writing, sending emails or texts, or using a text-to-speech app on your smartphone.
Surgery may be recommended to remove noncancerous vocal cysts or vocal polyps. While you are under general anesthesia, tiny surgical instruments are inserted through your mouth into your throat. The surgeon makes a very small incision away from the vibrating edge of your vocal cord, and a tiny flap of tissue is lifted so the cyst or polyp can be removed. Also known as phonomicrosurgery, this technique reduces the risk of scarring and offers the best voice outcomes. A course of voice therapy after microsurgery is essential for optimal recovery.