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Vocal Nodule: Its Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

What is Vocal Nodule? A vocal nodule, also known as a vocal fold nodule or a vocal cord nodule, is a hard, rough but non-cancerous and benign growth on the vocal cord. The size of a vocal nodule can be as small as a pinhead or as large as a pea. Vocal nodules can change the way your voice sounds. Vocal folds are located inside your larynx or the voice box. As you talk, air moves from the lungs through the vocal folds to your mouth, thus making your vocal folds vibrate. This vibration caused in the vocal folds produces sound, and only then is your speech audible. If you have vocal nodules or vocal polyps in your vocal folds, they would act as a  barrier, hence affecting and distorting the natural vibration of the folds or even make them really hard to vibrate. This results in abnormal voice changes and other voice problems.   What’s the Difference Between Vocal Nodules and Vocal Polyps? Vocal nodules are generally bilaterally symmetrical white masses which are formed at the midpoint of the vocal folds. These are benign or non-cancerous. However, they can cause abnormal voice changes. On overusing your voice or using it in the wrong way, your vocal folds might swell. These swollen spots might become stiffer and larger if you continue to abuse your voice, thus forming a callous (a thickened or a hardened part of the skin or soft tissue). A callous is formed in an area of the […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Prevent Voice Disorders?

Your voice is a very vital part of your life, and you need to take proper care of it. Life cannot be imagined without voice, that is without, speech or spoken language. It is your responsibility to preserve your God-gifted natural voice, and to take every preventive measure possible to avoid voice disorders. Prevention is always better than cure, as not all voice disorders can be treated. People with voice disorders willing for Voice Therapy should consult a certified Speech Language Pathologist at a recognised clinic dealing with voice disorder therapy in Kolkata. While some voice problems are temporary, and usually go away with time, others may be permanent and might even lead to dangerous consequences. Voice disorders vary according to their cause and type, like vocal fold paralysis, vocal fold nodules or polyps, paradoxical vocal fold movement (PVFM), spasmodic dysphonia, and others. Fortunately, most of the voice disorders are preventable, and one should not neglect the following preventive tips that are recommended by vocal health professionals at good centres of voice disorder therapy in Kolkata. Avoid voice misuse and overuse – This means that you should avoid shouting excessively and for prolonged periods of time. Speak in a low volume, without hurting or over-exercising your voice. Also, avoid noisy areas as far as possible, as you may be required to talk in a much higher volume. If you really need to talk to a noisy crowd, use a microphone to amplify your voice. Vocal health professionals at good clinics […]

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