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5/7/15 Voice Trivia Question for BSHM

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Which one of the major systems in the body supports voice production?

A. Digestive system

B. Respiratory system

C. Skeletal system

D. Nervous system

I Scream, You Scream

I Scream, You Scream

By Maxine E. Van Doren, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Speech and Voice Therapy Center, LLC

If you’re heading to a fright fest this Halloween, make sure you don’t bring the spooky home with you! Vocal cord injuries (such as nodules or hemorrhaging) can occur in as little as one evening of vocal misuse, resulting in hoarseness or vocal fatigue. Here are 4 tips to care for your voice this Halloween, so what happens at fright fest stays at fright fest:

  1. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Vocal cords are very susceptible to dehydration, and nodules love a dry larynx.
  2. Consider using a “silent scream” face or an alternative that is easier on the voice such as a gasping or “screaming” quietly.
  3. Use diaphragmatic breathing when screaming to provide appropriate power and support for your voice. This can help prevent extra muscle tension in the throat.
  4. If you feel like you’re straining your voice, then trust your feelings and give your voice a rest. While you’re at it, have a sip of water.

If your voice sounds hoarse for more than 2 weeks following your outing, don’t wait for the problem to go away on its own. Make an appointment to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physician to have your throat evaluated for possible injuries. Early treatment can improve your symptoms, and provide you with techniques for healthy voice use in your everyday life.

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Teaching Got Your Voice?

By Maxine E. Van Doren, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist


Teachers, do you find that your voice wears out during the first weeks of the school year?

Many teachers say they have hoarseness, vocal fatigue, or even complete voice loss at the beginning of the school year that often goes away after a few weeks.

Though many feel this is normal, consistent hoarseness at the beginning of each year should be evaluated by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician (ENT) as it may be the beginning of a persistent voice problem.

It is not uncommon for teachers to say they had hoarseness at the start of each year until one year their voice “just didn’t come back,” or “felt strained” throughout the school year.

Treating the problem early can prevent it from interfering with your professional and personal responsibilities later on.

See more information on Adult Voice Disorders to find out how this can be treated.

Early Detection of Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders

Did you know….

Children with communication disorders are more likely to struggle with literacy skills. They often perform poorly in school, have difficulty understanding and expressing language, and have problems reading. These children have trouble reaching their true academic potential due to their speech and language disorders. In addition, these children tend to have issues with frustration and poor self-esteem and may be at risk for depression. Don’t wait and hope your child will outgrow a communication problem. Early detection leads to early treatment. The earlier you get help for your child, the better.

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