Dealing with. various voice disorders are my specialty.

Over many years, I have attended to hundreds, if not thousands of people with different voice injuries of their speaking and/or singing voices. In general, they were all, one way or another, physically and, nevertheless, emotionally hurt practically all of them were simply distraught to say the least.

What was different about them was their reactionary response to their voice disorder and its consequences. What was in common that all of them had lost their confidence, especially the singers. And even after the restoration of their voices, their physical demeanour has been expressing the tightness and fear, minimum to say. And even after the voice sounded as good, or even better than before, the performance aspect has been significantly lost, as they could not bring themselves out of their shell and loosen up to produce a required performance quality of the equation.

We Russians have the saying: “The good dancers do not show their sweat”.

Those dancers work really hard at the bar, but when they end up at the center stage, they’re not supposed to “bring the bar” with them. They are supposed to acquire the feel at the bar for their future performances and then translate it into the intricate steps and thus, bring the latter to the dance stage. However, if those dancers experienced any kind of injury, their performance would also feel more technical and more stiff, especially at the beginning stages of their recovery.

Granted, it is a natural reaction of the physical body induced by the highly emotional stress which occurred during, and evidently even after the injury was concurred. Similarly, the same happens to the vocal performer. After the injury, they constantly doubt themselves and that directly reflects on their vocal performance. Interestingly enough, that people, who have just speech disorders, react completely differently. The minute they acquire their voice back, they can not stop talking.
In my practice, I had people who were afraid to talk for months, but then, at the end of my course and treatment, I could not put them back to structure, as they were talking out loud about everything and anything; and to stop them talking was virtually impossible. Go figure!

Any voice disorder for anybody concerned is definitely not a “picnic”.

It is a serious matter, as it could inhibit ones’ life quite significantly. In some cases, it may be considered as a complete disability. Some people lost their professions, as due to their trade, they had been required to speak on the phone, or publically. Obviously, with the voice disorder, they could not continue their regular duties. The singers had been on the verge of losing their singing carers, recording contracts, tours, etc. We have examples of many known artists whose singing careers, unfortunately, had to be stopped temporarily or even permanently.

How sad is that?

Thank God that, in many cases, these people, (speakers or singers), can be helped and helped non-invasively and non-surgically. Every time, when I help the person with the voice problem to get their life back and, or to get back on stage, I feel extremely gratified and thankful to God for my gift of knowledge.

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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