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Vocal Health

Tips for vocal health- In many cases, voice problems – including vocal lesions like polyps and nodules – are the result of harmful behaviors. A little self-awareness can help patients prevent difficulties and even use their voices more effectively. 

Voice Journal- Teacher

September means BACK TO SCHOOL, which also means a sudden increase in vocal demand for teachers! As you settle into your classroom, look for opportunities to reduce your vocal load. Can you use nonverbal strategies to get the students’ attention? Can you use more visual aids to reduce talking time? Are you sipping water? Do you have access to classroom amplification? Maybe keeping a journal of your vocal habits will be eye opener!  See below files for an easy-to-use weekly journal template – it might help you keep your voice healthy!

Provided by Christine Murphy Estes M.M., M.A.-CCC/SLP

Voice Journal-Teacher PDF

Voice Journal-Singer PDF

Voice Journal-General PDF

Voice Rest FAQs

When high profile performers go on voice rest it can cause a media frenzy, especially if it means cancelling performances or delaying a tour. In the past few weeks, several theater, TV and film stars made headlines when they announced that their doctors ordered them to go on vocal rest. Here are some facts on voice rest and when it is (or isn’t) appropriate for patients:

Article Written by Rachel Coleman, MS, CCC-SLP 


Using Your Voice in Noisy Settings

NOISE! We live in a noisy world. So, what can you do to reduce your likelihood of vocal injury? 

Article Written by Christine Murphy Estes M.M., M.A.-CCC/SLP


10 Tips For Teachers

Are you aware that, of all professions, teachers are at the greatest risk for voice disorders? Vocal injury can negatively affect job performance, attendance, and satisfaction. As you embark on these final months of teaching before summer break, take a moment to “check in” with your voice. Here are 10 tips to help you through the rest of the school year.

Article Written by Christine Murphy Estes M.M., M.A.-CCC/SLP


Prepare For Your Laryngology Visit

When we are experiencing hoarseness, vocal fatigue, or other vocal limitations, it can be a stressful time. If the voice problem persists for more than 2-4 weeks and is not showing signs of improvement, it may be wise to undergo a stroboscopic examination with a laryngologist (an ENT with specialty training in the voice). To prepare for your visit, take a look at this helpful handout:

Article Written by Chandler Thompson DMA, MS, CCC-SLP


Nasal Moisture and Humidification

The function of the nose is to humidify and condition the air that we inhale. Unless things are going down the wrong pipe, drinking water does not directly moisturize the vocal cords. In order to moisturize the nose and throat, establishing a good nasal moisture regimen is important.

Article Written by Chandler Thompson DMA, MS, CCC-SLP


Occupational Voice Injury

Are you a fitness instructor? Does your voice feel tired after teaching? You are a group at risk of occupational voice injury, but a good voice team can help you! Watch our former patient share her experience with voice injury and rehabilitation. To learn more about how to Shape Up Your Voice RSVP here:

Watch the video with Christine Murphy Estes M.M., M.A.-CCC/SLP 


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