For some people, the loss of their voice is equivalent to a plane crash, nevertheless! Obviously they would feel lost and confused, as (for most of the times) they are not even aware of what exactly happened to them and their voice for that matter… and why?

They are desperately looking for answers.

The singers usually could intuitively and predominantly feel that some voice problems may be coming their way; but the regular people who had lost their speaking voices literally experience the “crash of their lives”, as their communication with their inner and (needless to say) outer world, had become significantly compromised.

Obviously, in the case of the voice loss, the ultimate goal would be the restoration of the speaking voice and, when needed, the singing voice as well. However, it is easier said then done. If the chosen approach for the restoration of the voice is surgical and if the vocal surgery is successful, the first part of the voice recovery is not that difficult, as the “instrument”, so to speak, gets somewhat restored and ready to be “played on” again. But what about the “player”?

Some surgeons suggest post-surgical speech therapy; but unfortunately, in most cases, it does not work. Those speech therapists, yet again, continue to work on the “instrument” and never address the actual application of the voice (the mechanics) - for the speaking and especially singing voice. Those therapists are making their post-surgical trauma patients do nonsensical lip trills, blow into a Kazoo and blow some bubbles… Nevertheless, they are assuring their traumatized clients that those voice manipulations will help them to acquire their previously-healthy voice for speaking and, (believe it our not), also singing… and moreover, at a level that it will be as good, or even better then before…? Go figure!

I guess, singing, in this instance, is not even up for discussion; and definitely “not on the radar”, in a manner of speaking. It is a known fact that the majority of those speech therapists or pathologists had never sung a note in their lives. Then the question is how in the world could they help singers to restore their singing voice? They, however, assure the used-to-be singers that their totally irrelevant speech exercises will help those troubled singers to somehow “magically” (and obviously not scientifically) regain their singing voice… How ridiculous is that?

Those speech exercises are producing nothing but harm and, while executed, they actually induce patients’ already-dry throats to an even higher level of dryness, which evidently, by itself, slows down the healing process of the vocal anatomy. Unless the right application of the speaking and/or singing voice is properly employed, no voice will work as good as before; and most likely the damage which took place to begin with, will be recurring over and over again.

However, to restore the voice properly and non-surgically, is definitely “not a picnic” for both sides - the provider (the alternative voice health practitioner) and the patient. Therefore, if your decision is to avoid the surgical interference, you then really have to “brace for impact”.

The Non-Surgical Voice Repair is definitely not for the faint of heart…

It is a very detailed, and thus, very intense endeavor where the voice repair client has to work literally on every syllable and vowel of the word which, in turn, will help to establish the wholesome voice mechanism; whereas, in the final analysis, this mechanism will allow the voice (speaking and/or singing) to work in the fullest capacity possible and, needless to say, execute the sound safely while concurrently experiencing no pain or strain whatsoever on the vocal anatomy.

Now the pressure of the sound has been relieved… and the alternative muscles (facial muscles) have to be able to accept and harbor the physical sound within them. The upper back muscles and abdominal muscles also have to be strengthened in order to be able to support the lifted sound properly while assuring the sound’s height, width and the actual “body” (fullness) of the voice.

So for those with speaking voice problems, it’s only half the ordeal. For singers, (after the speaking voice is restored) there is the next level awaiting for them to embark upon… Now, when the voice is healthier, the proper pitch and tone has to be established. At this point, we have to take care of the “player”.

Also, we have to take for consideration the actual music part of it.

The fact is that any song does consist of certain combinations of sound, duration and pitch, i.e., intervals. Any song of any style could posses only so many combinations of sounds, duration and pitch… After all of these combinations are examined and exercised, the time is to talk about the situations where they may and will exist.

So once you are familiar with all possible combinations of sound, duration and pitch…and the situations where they may and could possibly exist, you will become the owner of not only your speaking voice, but also your singing voice!

So, in this instance, we invite you to survive the “crash” and, most definitely not only regain your old life, but embrace the healthy new and enhanced life ahead!

Author's Bio: 

Diana Yampolsky is the Master Vocal Coach, Studio Vocal Producer, and Non-Surgical Voice Repair Specialist at The Royans Professional Vocal School and The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair, in Toronto, Canada and worldwide. She is the sole creator of the Vocal Science (TM) method - Trademarked with the Government of Canada.

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