Parkinson’s Disease and the Voice

More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease, including as many as one million Americans — more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease.*

For the millions whose lives are touched by Parkinson’s, there is great relief to learn of treatments that can help decrease the severity of the disease’s symptoms – especially everyday functions like speaking and swallowing.

In this post, we want to talk about the advancements in the field of laryngology and how Laryngologists can help patients suffering from diseases like Parkinson’s, ALS and MS.

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Voice Feminization for Transgender Women

There are an estimated 1.4 million adults across the country who identify as transgender, according to recent reports. That means that nearly 0.6 percent of the adult population share – to some capacity – the struggle to transition their voice to match the gender with which they identify.

But why is this such an important issue?

The sound of the human voice plays an incredibly important role in our identity, which is why vocal transition is so important in the lives of transgender men and women. However, many transgender men and women are not able to properly transition their voice from male to female or female to male due to underlying or undiagnosed medical conditions.

So where can you go to for help?  Where do you even start?

Here is one fabulous resource…

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Waking Up Hoarse? When to See an ENT Specialist

Waking up hoarse?

We’ve all had that frog in our throat first thing in the morning — maybe it’s acid reflux, maybe the result of sleeping with the ceiling fan on, or perhaps the effects of the cold you just got over?

These are all potential causes for an early morning raspy voice, however if that 7am hoarseness lasts longer than a month, it may be time to see your doctor. 

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Treat a Tickle In Your Throat

Tickle In Your Throat? How to treat it + an amazing tip for busy professionals

Tickle in your throat that won’t go away?

We understand how annoying this can be – especially if your tickle has been going on for weeks. You don’t feel sick, it seems to go away during the day and then like clockwork, as soon as you lay down to sleep that tickle creeps up the back of your throat. Not only can that tickle keep you up at night, but the constant coughing can irritate more than your own throat…just ask your coworkers, family members or a new mom who finally got that baby to sleep.

So what causes that pesky tickle and what can you do to get rid of it?

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Braving the Cold Weather? 5 Ways To Protect Your Voice During Winter Outdoor Activities

Whether you are a weekend warrior on the slopes or heading out to watch Sunday night football, even a few minutes of exposure to cold winter temperatures can be harmful on your pipes.

So, if you are planning on heading out in this upcoming cold snap, venturing to a football game or hitting the high altitude Rocky Mountain resorts, you should definitely pay attention.

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The Many Health Benefits of Pumpkin

 

 

Fall is here! That means pumpkin is taking over everything from our grocery stores and pantries to coffee shops and holiday gatherings. We cook with it, make our houses smell like it and even put it on our bodies – we can’t get enough of the delicious orange fruit (yes, it’s a fruit).

Which is a good thing, because the health benefits of pumpkin are equally as good as the taste and smell.

Here are just a few of the reasons we’re stocking up on pumpkin this year…

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Voice Feeling Hoarse? When To See a Doctor

You don’t need to be a professional singer to know what it’s like to lose your voice or become hoarse. In fact, professional singers are at an advantage due to the extensive training they put their voice through in order to endure long hours and even weeks of performing.

But what about the rest of us who spend eight to ten hours a day speaking to co-workers, delivering lectures, broadcasting the news, taking customer service calls or arguing in the courtroom?

These are in fact the people at the highest risk for vocal fatigue and vocal injury. These are also the people who are more likely to continue putting themselves at risk because they don’t baby their voices the way a professional singer might — alarm bells don’t necessarily go off for a teacher who loses their voice after a day of lecturing or a lawyer after a full day in court.

A night of vocal rest and hot liquids should do the trick, right?  Not necessarily.

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