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Let’s face it, a vocal injury is scary. You can’t do what you want to vocally and as a result, you might need to cancel work because of it. There are so many things that can run through the mind when dealing with a vocal injury. You might feel lost and that there is nothing that can be done. Whether you are dealing with a variety of issues or just one, know that it is important for you to not blame yourself. Every vocalist comes across an issue at some point in their lifetime and you are not alone. Know also, that you can rise above your vocal issues and come out as a stronger and wiser vocalist/person as an end result. This might sound impossible to you when you are in the middle of your vocal issue, but you can easily work through this and get back on track by recognizing what the vocal problems are and finding healthy resources to work you through them. This will give you the tools needed for you to work through your vocal issue in order to prevent further injury in the future and to even be able to have a better voice in the end because of knowing how to prevent vocal damage.
All vocal problems or dysfunctions result from either health-related problems or technical problems. Learning what your own vulnerabilities are and how to manage them is an overall important component of being a vocal performer. You can figure out your own vulnerabilities and identify a vocal injury simply through awareness. Be aware of changes in your voice like:
All of these examples are obvious signs that there is an issue that needs to be addressed and worked through. If you feel that you are having some vocal issues, you should consult with an expert doctor who can help to identify the issue.
A laryngologist is an ear, nose, and throat physician (otolaryngologist) who subspecializes in the care of the voice, vocal folds, larynx, and airway. All laryngologists are otolaryngologists who have had additional training in the treatment of the voice and airway. A laryngologist will perform a specialized examination that is used to understand the movement and vibration of the vocal cords during sound production. A laryngologist might perform this examination in different ways such as a mirror laryngoscopy, a flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy, a distal chip laryngoscopy, a rigid transoral laryngoscopy, or a stroboscopy. The distal chip laryngoscopy is becoming the go-to method because most of the others are outdated and also do not give as accurate of a reading. The distal chip is similar to the flexible fiberoptic but the optical fibers that are used in the flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy are replaced by a digital chip at the tip of the scope. This digital chip moves the image quality toward the standard of the rigid laryngoscope, which combines the best element of the mirror laryngoscopy with the best element of the stroboscopy having the ability to record sound and to magnify the examination. This makes a flexible stroboscopy a more practical and detailed method of examination and makes for a more accurate diagnosis.
No matter what your vocal issue is, or how scared you might feel, you can work through this with the right resources, coach, vocal therapist, and laryngologist to help you rise above and to become a better vocalist overall. If you feel that you are having any type of vocal problem, please do not hesitate to DM me on Instagram I will be happy to help you through it!
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