What does it mean to lose your voice? There are a wide range of terms used, from being “hoarse” (dysphonia) to completely having no voice (aphonia). Sometimes it happens after a bad flu/cold, sometimes you just shouted a bit too loud at the TV for your favourite footy team. In the case of Sam, Adele, and Meghan, they as professional voice users, probably pushed themselves a bit too far, singing song after song, night after night. This led to some nasty polyps (like blisters) and swelling on their vocal cords.
Did you know that female teachers are the most likely professional voice users to have problems with their voice? Why female you might ask? Well there are two reasons:
- On average women speak more words per day than men (as if we didn’t know that!).
- Women’s vocal cords vibrate off each other at a faster rate than men (180-240 Hertz, compared to 100-140 Hertz).
So what can you do if you are concerned about your voice? Talk with your GP, who will discuss therapy options with you. Often you will initially be seen by an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist (ENT) to rule out any pathological reason, then your ENT may refer you to see a Speech Pathologist. The Speech Pathologist will train you to make a healthy voice and have you hitting the high notes of your favourite Mariah Cary tune in the shower in no time!
Peninsula Speech Pathology Services run Voice Protection for Teachers sessions in schools as requested.
Contact us on 59 751500 if you would like to take part in a session.