Vocal Health for Teachers
Awful! The dreaded 'Vocal Nodule'!
This is an post from Sarah Luebke's Blog: good information!
Vocal health is very important, especially for people who use their voices for most of their day,such as teachers of singing who not only speak through lessons, but also sing to model for their students.
The voice can become a problem when pitch, volume or the tone of the voice begins to draw attention to itself rather than to what the speaker is talking about. Sometimes the voice can sound too high, too soft, too nasal or hoarse, or can even cause pain to the speaker or singer. So how can the busy voice teacher continue singing, teaching, and modeling without putting undue stress of her voice?
Symptoms of vocal damage include:
It is important to know when the voice is not just tired, but may need medical attention. If you experience breathiness, huskiness, hoarseness, loss of vocal power, monotone, sore or tense throat, loss of the voice, pitch breaks and easy vocal fatigue, it it time to consult an ENT (ear nose and throat doctor).
What about vocal nodules?
Vocal nodules are often caused by abuse of the voice and are indicated by some of the above symptoms. The vocal folds are generally smooth, white mucous covered surfaces without any ridges or blemishes. With vocal abuse a haematoma – or bruise – can appear on the vibrating edge of the vocal folds and over time, if this is not given adequate rest and healing, the haematoma can become more fibrous and form into soft or hard nodules on the vocal folds. Generally they appear in pairs, one per fold, and the combination of the two nodules meeting each other will not allow the vocal folds to meet cleanly and vibrate correctly, hence the often breathy or husky vocal tone that accompanies them.
Factors that contribute to voice problems:
The simplest remedy for vocal health is to look after our own overall health. If we get run down or ill, our voice will also be affected. Here are some other more specific ideas for vocal health.
Thanks Sarah for this good information! To avoid nodes - learn to sing correctly, and don't abuse your voice! Treat it kindly!
6/5/2012 02:33:12 pm
I've had a comment from Nancy Bos that this photo actually shows a vocal POLYP on the left, and a nodule on the right. Thank you Nancy for the correction!
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From Beth Lawrence
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