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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The Top Professions At Risk For Vocal Trauma

Speaking is a part of our every day lives, but for some, the voice is paramount to your profession. For those of us who rely on our voice for more than the average daily conversation, maintaining vocal health should not be overlooked.

And just like we exercise to keep our bodies fit and healthy, proper diet and exercise is just as important for keeping our vocals healthy. Proper vocal maintenance can help prevent you from losing your voice or a vocal trauma that could sideline you from your job — which can be a hit to both your career and wallet. Just ask artists like Adele and Sam Smith, who have had to cancel major performances and tour dates to treat vocal traumas.

So who is the most at risk?

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Sam Smith To Undergo Vocal Surgery – “Dreading Next Month”

British vocalist and multiple Grammy-winner Sam Smith has been scheduled for surgery to repair a vocal hemorrhage. Smith’s camp announced that he will undergo microlaryngoscopy surgery in eight weeks, which also meant cancelling a handful of performance dates in Japan, France, and the Philippines.

Sam Smith Schedules Surgery for Damaged Vocals

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Rascal Flatts Apologizes for ACM Performance – Suggest Why So Many Artists Lip-Synch

The rigors of touring, recording, and press appearances in today’s music market may be the reason so many artists are going under the knife for vocal surgery. One of the most recent artists to be publicly plagued by vocal woes is Rascal Flatts frontman Gary LeVox, who was criticized for lip-synching during the ACM Awards.

From Music Times:

Changing standards in the country music industry have led to more vocal surgeries for young artists, according to Rascal Flatts frontman Gary LeVox. The 44-year-old star dealt with throat problems of his own over the past year, including canceled shows and a controversial lip-synched ACM performance.

Gary Levox of Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts explain to fans why they chose to use backing tracks at the ACM Awards.

But he says it’s the younger artists who have the toughest time staying healthy.

“You get a record deal, and you’re trying to work your first or second or third single … that’s all it is, your whole life,” he told Broadway’s Electric Barnyard (via Taste of Country). “You’re either talking about it, or you’re singing about it. The most important thing is that you forget that you have to sleep, that you’re human.”

New artists have few opportunities for breaks.

“You can’t say no, because you’ve waited your entire life to be in that position,” he said. “So you’re talking to radio two or three times a day, doing a show maybe once or twice a day on a radio tour. So I think it’s just lack of rest. It takes a lot of hard work.”

Another aspect: Young artists haven’t put in the work on lower levels before getting called up to stardom.

“They haven’t grown up playing in the clubs, and singing in honky tonks and doing that for five, six years,” he said. “You’re taking new vocal cords to the world. So they’re really just breaking them in. Without rest and everything else, you start singing wrong, and it’s like if you sprain an ankle, you start walking differently, and then you have hip problems and back problems. So it’s that kind of thing.”

LeVox and the rest of the group apologized to fans after lip synching their ACM performance. Check out the press conference below:

Professional Voice Blog - Rascal Flatts Lip Synch

Photo via Facebook.com/RascalFlatts

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Will Justin Bieber Need Surgery After “Tombstoning”?

A cautionary tale for anyone planning to cliff dive in the near future…

Lucky it wasn’t his vocal chords! Justin Bieber claims he might need surgery after ‘busting his eardrum’ whilst cliff diving


By MailOnline Reporter

Justin Bieber ‘might need surgery’ after bursting his eardrum.

The 20-year-old pop star may require an operation to repair the perforated tissue in his ear after he damage it by leaping off a cliff, which is known as ‘tombstoning.’

Taking to his Twitter account last night, he tweeted: ‘Busted my ear drum cliff diving. Doc says might need surgery now. Sucks. (sic).’

'Might need surgery': Justin Bieber, pictured here skateboarding at Venice Beach, California on Tuesday, told his Twitter followers that he burst his eardrum whilst cliff diving

‘Might need surgery’: Justin Bieber, pictured here skateboarding at Venice Beach, California on Tuesday, told his Twitter followers that he burst his eardrum whilst cliff diving

However, the Baby hitmaker, who has recently rekindled his romance with on/off girlfriend Selena Gomez, believes the painful injury may delay the release of his upcoming music.

But he is adamant that it won’t cause any long-term issues with his career.

Justin reassured fans an hour later: ‘My ear drum might back us up a little but I’m still bringing you this new music. Much love. Damn u cliff diving! (sic).’

Hard at work: The Baby hitmaker hasn't forgotten that music is where he came from and was in fact filming a music video in Venice, his new favourite place, on Tuesday

Hard at work: The Baby hitmaker hasn’t forgotten that music is where he came from and was in fact filming a music video in Venice, his new favourite place, on Tuesday

Meanwhile, it appears the singer is keen to turn over a new leaf following a number of run ins with the law over the past year.

He has even given up alcohol and ditched junk food in the hope of boosting his career.

A source said previously: ‘Justin has been boasting to his friends about his new healthy lifestyle.

His favourite: Justin, 20, really and sincerely loves the beachside suburb of Venice, California

‘He no longer drinks and has stopped eating junk food, too. He’s had a difficult few months and is hoping that this will give him a fresh start.’

He has been keeping things action packed, recently shooting an action-heavy music video in his favourite neighborhood – Venice, California.

The singer was seen playing basketball and skateboarding in the beachside suburb, which he has been spending an inordinate amount of time in lately.

On the love life front, he was spotted out and about partying with former and potentially current flame Selena Gomez last weekend in Hollywood.

Party time: Justin Bieber and Selena were spotted kissing and canoodling at Lucky Strike in Hollywood last Sunday night

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When one of your favorite singers cancels tours or puts a hold on their career for vocal surgery, chances are polyps are the culprit.

Polyps are fluid-filled collections that form on the edge of either one or both vocal cords. Polyps will look like a bump, growth or blister on the vocal cords and similar to vocal nodules, polyps are a result of vocal trauma.

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Winter is upon us, which means the dreaded cold and flu season. For most of us, a simple cold is just a nuisance, but for a professional vocalist or speaker, that pesky cold can be a serious problem. The best way to get prevent a cold is to keep your immune system healthy and fueled to combat germs and bacteria introduced during these upcoming cold weather months.

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