We’ve all experienced loosing our voice at one point or another. It could have been from yelling too loudly at a sports game or battling a cold. For most people struggling through a hoarse voice, after a few days of rest and hydration, their voice comes back. For some however the voice can be damaged to the point where therapy may be necessary to help build on healthy habits and good voice use.
Our voices are created by air moving from the lungs through the structures of the larynx (voice box) and the vocal tract (mouth) to produce the sounds we hear. Although many factors can cause a voice disorder (reflux, cancer, neurological, trauma or injury) the most common cause of voice problems is vocal misuse. When this is the case it is important to learn how to properly use your voice in order to protect the delicate system.
Speech-language pathologist Jennifer Dierenfeld is currently taking part in professional voice lessons from Larry Bridges to go beyond the knowledge of speech and language pathology to integrate the approaches of voice coaching into the already successful voice program at ESHC. The hands-on experience will allow Jennifer the opportunity to share with her team the successful techniques applicable not only to voice disorders but also to professional singers and actors.
Learn more about our voice program here.