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The Singer’s Diet – What to Eat!

The Singer’s Diet – What to Eat!

In the previous blog: The Singer’s Diet – What NOT to Eat , we have seen which diets are the enemies of your voice! In this one, let us take a look at its friends – that is, what diets will really be helpful for your voice! What to Eat! Here’s what you can enjoy in the hours before your show – Fresh Fruit – Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) at any recognised voice disorder treatment clinic in Kolkata always suggest taking fresh fruits rather than consuming their juiced versions. It is because whole fruits have more nutritional value than their juices, as juices generally tend to contain sugar which will wear you out soon! Chicken & Fish – These food items are rich in protein – they are a lean source of protein. Protein is very essential for singers – it will keep you going for hours! Vitamin A – Vitamin A keeps your mucous membranes healthy. So it is always recommended by Speech Language Pathologists at any well-known voice disorder treatment clinic in Kolkata to have Vitamin A rich foods – which include carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, spinach, kale, eggs and meat. Nuts – Nuts have proved to be great snacks for singers before a show. If possible, opt for the unsalted or the lightly salted ones – because salt tends to dry up your throat! So it is advised to wash the salt down with room temperature water. Room temperature water – Staying hydrated is the key for […]

The Singer’s Diet – What NOT to Eat!

Singing causes a great deal of vocal stress and exertion, especially when that is someone’s profession. It requires on the part of the singer to take care of his or her precious voice! Following a proper diet chart is the main key to maintain and preserve good vocal health! While there are diets that are a MUST in your diet chart, there are, however, certain diets which might have a negative effect on your voice! So professional speech therapists at any clinic dealing with voice therapy in Kolkata set certain do’s and don’ts when it comes to having a proper and well-balanced diet – which will be voice-friendly! What NOT to Eat! Not all foods are healthy for your vocal cords, especially when you are getting ready for a show! In fact, there are a very few foods which actually help your vocal cords! If you cannot give up eating all of them, at least do not take them within 3 hours before your show. Here is the list of foods recommended by Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) at centres providing services in voice therapy in Kolkata, which are bad for your vocal health – Dairy products – Dairy products like milk, cheese, yoghurt and others are an absolute NO NO before your show, because your body goes through a hard time breaking them down. In most of the cases it causes acid reflux which comes up to your esophagus and causes burns in the vocal cords.   Processed Sugar – […]

5 Tips to Prevent Speech and Language Disorders

It is a good news that a majority of the speech and language problems could be prevented. You as a responsible parent or caregiver of the child should follow these preventive tips so as to keep speech and language disorders at bay: Avoid alcohol and smoking during pregnancy. According to speech therapists at a clinic for speech therapy in Kolkata, the intake of alcohol and nicotine affects the foetus, and hampers its proper development. Do not neglect or abuse your child. It is harmful for the child’s speech and development. Paediatricians and speech pathologists at renowned centres for speech therapy in Kolkata are of the opinion that breastfeeding is very important for the child till 9 months of age. Keep your child away from gadgets – these prevent intellectual growth of the child. Engage your child in real-life games instead, and spend as much time with him/her as possible and communicate with him/her often. According to speech therapists at recognised clinics for speech therapy in Kolkata, the child’s environment also contributes a lot. If a child is grown up in a chaotic surrounding or a negative atmosphere, he/she is likely to have speech or language disorders, because his/her brain is affected with negative thoughts. Therefore, you as a responsible caregiver of your child should keep in mind the above preventive measures for speech and language disorders. You must, however, remember that there is no magical solution for preventing your child from speech and language delays or disorders, and there can […]

Types of Speech Disorders: Causes and Management

Are you or your child facing speech and other communication problems for some time and you are clueless about how did it occur, what to do and whom to consult? Don’t panic! Your problems can easily be cured!   My Child is Still not Showing Signs of Speaking! There are many children who develop speech and language problems at a critical age. The first few years is very crucial for a child to learn and develop communication skills. It is because the synaptic density – that is, the neural interconnections – is the maximum at the age of 2-3 years, which means that the learning capability of the child attains its peak point at this time. So it is very important for you as the parent of a child with speech or language difficulties to intervene into the matter as early as within first 3 months of age, and to start a proper treatment at a recognised speech therapy clinic in Kolkata as early as possible. If a child is deprived of a good hearing health, then he/she might suffer from delayed speech problems. So it is your responsibility to make sure that your child is given full access to the hearing world and at the appropriate time, delaying which will result in a delay of all the major developmental skills necessary for the child. Therefore, you must participate in early intervention programs to diagnose if there is any hearing disorder present in your child. Hearing loss is a major […]

Puberphonia : Causes and Treatment

Have you ever come across a person, especially a male person having a female-like voice, and worse still, have you ever bullied or made a bad joke for his having such an adolescent voice? If you have, STOP NOW! The person might be suffering from a more serious medical complexity. Don’t make it so difficult for the person; he is already having a hard life! And if you are the one suffering from such a voice disorder, and is facing such awkward situations in your day-to-day life, then you are probably suffering from Puberphonia! Do not panic, as it can be cured completely, and you will soon be having an attractive voice, which everyone would love to hear! What is Puberphonia? Puberphonia is a type of voice disorder which is characterised by the habitual and continuous use of prepubertal high-pitched voice of a child even after puberty. In other words, according to many Speech Language Pathologists at any renowned voice disorder treatment clinic in Kolkata, Puberphonia is the inappropriate persistence of adolescent, and often female-like voice even after one has attained puberty. This condition is also known as mutational falsetto or functional falsetto. Incidence and Prevalence Puberphonia, sadly, is commonly seen in males more than females. It is uncommon in females because the laryngeal growth spurt normally occurs in males. According to studies, the incidence of Puberphonia in India is about 1 in 900,000 people of the total Indian population. What are the Common Signs and Symptoms? People suffering from […]

Can Bilingualism Cause Language Delay?

It is a common myth that teaching a child two languages simultaneously might cause language delay in him or her. We understand that you as the parent of a child who is at a stage of learning some language/s, is worried whether bilingualism is a benefit or a detriment. However, according to Colin Baker, a researcher in childhood bilingualism, is of the opinion that – “Raising children bilingually is sometimes believed to cause language delay, though evidence does not support this position. Raising children bilingually neither increases nor reduces the chance of language disorder or delay.” There are quite a lot of cases reported by Speech Language Pathologists at well-known clinics dealing with delayed speech treatment in Kolkata, where children raised up bilingually did not show any language delay, and above all, have learnt both the languages quite well. Delayed language is seen in children for many other complications, and not because he or she is influenced by bilingualism. Rather, bilingualism has more benefits than hindrances in the child’s developmental skills. Fun Facts About Bilingualism At least half of the world’s population is bilingual or plurilingual. A study showed that even while in the womb of a bilingual mother, the child not only prefers both the languages over others, but they also develop the ability to recognise and tell the difference between the two. Bilingualism actually develops the grey matter in the language processing centre of the brain, especially when the child have learnt two languages before five years of […]

Vocal Nodule Treatment for Singers

Are you frequently cancelling singing shows or, even worse, are you being avoided quite often from performing on stage due to a change in your voice? Did you ever feel something constantly annoying in your throat? It might be due to the presence of vocal nodules in your vocal folds. Don’t worry! We know that your voice is not only an important asset to you, but also your livelihood. We will guide you through in this difficult time of yours, until you are completely cured.   What are Vocal Nodules? Vocal nodules and polyps are extra growths in the vocal folds, that is very irritating to the affected person. These lesions are generally caused due to vocal overuse, or trauma to the vocal folds. These can cause hoarseness of the voice and when the vocal folds collide violently swelling can develop around the site of the collision. Vocal nodules are bilaterally symmetrical white masses that form almost at the midpoint of the vocal folds. These are benign, that is, non-cancerous. In children, vocal fold nodules are more common in males; however, in adults, they are more common in females. Generally the vocal nodules caused due to trauma gets recovered after several days of voice rest. However, these episodes often tend to repeat themselves, thus causing the vocal cords to swelling to become more persistent, and it is at this stage that a treatment from a recognised clinic for voice therapy in Kolkata becomes very essential. These vocal cord swellings are […]

Causes and Treatments of Swallowing Disorders?

Swallowing disorder of Dysphagia is a medical condition in which the affected person faces difficulties in swallowing solids or liquids down the food pipe or esophagus to the stomach. It is often termed as a symptom or sign of some other disease or disorder. However, as it is gradually increasing among many, it can be treated as an issue that needs distinct attention and should be dealt with separately. Swallowing disorders treatment in Kolkata varies according to the symptoms, causes and the severity of the disorder. There can be many causes of Dysphagia, some of which are – Damage of the nervous system caused from – Strokes – a disease in which damage to the brain from interruption of its blood supply. Brain injury – in patients with traumatic brain injury, the anatomic and physiologic status of the swallowing mechanism may be impaired, thus resulting in Dysphagia. Spinal cord injury – Dysphagia is caused from acute cervical spinal cord injuries. Cerebral palsy – a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting movement, muscle tone or posture. Parkinson’s disease – a long-term disorder of the central nervous system that affects motor system, which controls movement of a person. As a result, the person may suffer from frequent tremors, and might experience rigidity of body, slowness of movement and difficulties in walking. Alzheimer’s disease – a progressive disease that destroys memory and other mental functions of a person gradually, hence resulting in a breakdown of the general mental health of the affected person. Multiple sclerosis – […]

Symptoms and Causes of Hoarseness

Hoarseness is a voice disorder in which the person’s voice changes abnormally. A hoarse voice may sound rough, strained and breathy and there may even be changes in the pitch and volume of the voice. Sound is produced when the vocal folds vibrate while air leaves the lungs. Hoarseness may occur when there is a malformation in the vocal folds or the vocal cord – the main organs responsible for one’s voice. Swelling or lumps on the vocal folds prevent them from coming together properly while speaking or singing (vocal folds stay apart while a person is breathing), which makes a change in the voice, resulting in hoarseness – a common form of voice disorder. Hoarseness treatment in Kolkata varies from person to person, depending on the cause and symptoms of hoarseness that the concerned person is suffering from. Some common symptoms of hoarseness are as follows: Shortness of breath Sore throat Neck swelling General weakness Fever Frequent coughing Wheezing Feels hot to touch Abnormal pain in throat Weight loss Hoarseness lasts for more than 2-3 weeks Pain in the throat which is not due to cold or flu Blood comes up while coughing Swallowing difficulties Swelling or lump sensation  in the throat Complete loss or severe change in voice that lasts for many days If you have these symptoms, immediately consult a certified Speech Language Pathologist at a good clinic dealing with hoarseness treatment in Kolkata. Delaying a voice disorder treatment may grow worse, and may have adverse effects […]

Signs and Symptoms of Stammering

Stammering or stuttering is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted involuntarily. A stutterer’s speech is characterised by frequent repetitions, prolongations of sounds, syllables, words, phrases or even whole sentences. It occurs mainly in children at a very young age. Studies show that stammering affects young boys more than girls. The sooner you as the parent of a stammering child start a treatment, the sooner he/she will have chances of recovering. Professional Speech Language Pathologists advice early intervention for stammering children to be done at a good stammering therapy center in Kolkata. A majority of the stammering problems can be cured if treatment is started as early as the stutterer learns to speak. If the symptoms of stammering appear at a very young age, then the stutterer would require immediate attention. Following are some of the common symptoms of stuttering, which should not be neglected: Frequent repetitions of sounds, syllables, words, phrases and even whole complex sentences Prolongations of certain sounds, syllables and phrases, therefore taking time to finish Interruption in the flow of speech, which is involuntary Words or phrases may come out as jerks or spurts Frequently rearranges words or phrases in a sentence, thus saying the same thing over and over again The stutterer finds it harder to start some sounds, words, phrases and a whole conversation as a result The stutterer feels tensed while trying to say something Frequently hesitates or pauses before trying to speak Some health professionals at a good […]