What to Expect at the Voice Doctor

Figure: Quick reference to a comprehensive evaluation by a voice doctor. It is often very difficult for a voice user to find a qualified physician. This is because there are many physicians who call themselves “voice doctors” without the expertise and training to support this. This has resulted in patients having different experiences with each …

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The Misdiagnosis of Vocal Nodules

Vocal nodules are commonly misdiagnosed due to the limitations of traditional examination equipment. Until recently flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy (FFL) has been the industry standard in examination of the larynx and vocal folds. Due to recent technological advances, video stroboscopy has surpassed FFL as the gold standard for visualization of laryngeal pathology. Stroboscopy has drastically decreased …

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Voice Case of the Week: Hoarseness after Voice Use

Osborne Head and Neck Institute Case Presentation: The patient is a 31-year-old talent agent who noted severe hoarseness after a networking event. He saw a local ENT who said he had the beginnings of nodules. He was prescribed steroids. The patient did not improve and on subsequent follow up was told that he had developed …

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Voice Case of the Week: Loss of Vocal Range

Osborne Head and Neck Institute Case Presentation: The patient is a 34 year old female who has had a several month history of decreased range.  She has lost 2-3 notes off the top of her vocal range.  This has occurred gradually but she is currently unable to access her upper range.  Her history is only …

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Voice Case of the Week: A Hoarse Singer

Osborne Head and Neck Institute Case Presentation: A 21 year old female singer presented with a 5 week history of intermittent hoarseness. She noted that if she would rest for one day, it would significantly improve but that her hoarseness would return with voice use. She has lost half an octave of her vocal range …

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Getting Vocal About Voice Care

The issue of professional voice care has been a hot topic in the media over the last several months. Recently, GRAMMY.COM discussed vocal surgeries and included my professional advice for prevention and care: Read the full article at:

Top Tips for a Healthy & Powerful Voice #2

Tip # 2: Understanding Your Instrument No matter how advanced a singer is, they may not have ever learned how the voice works. Students who are struggling with a certain element of their performance may completely turn around once they understand how things work. Some people think very abstractly and others concretely and physically. This …

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Top Tips for a Healthy & Powerful Voice

Tip # 1: The Importance of Preventative Voice Care Osborne Head and Neck Institute (OHNI) recently sponsored one of the largest international conferences for voiceover artists, VOICE 2010. This meeting has traditionally been a place for voiceover artists to meet each other and get tips and tricks to advance their careers. A patient was expressing …

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