‘We’ll Meet Again’ – How voices can shine through in a time of crisis

In our time of national lockdown, with the country looking for glimmers of hope, there’s been a resurgence of the term ‘We’ll Meet Again.’ It’s a term synonymous with one song and one voice in particular: the voice of Dame Vera Lynn. Though Dame Vera was not a Dame when she first recorded that song, her unmistakeable voice and what … Read More

What Effect Does Oestrogen Hormone Therapy Have On The Voice?

Oestrogen hormone therapy given to people transitioning into female will not have any effect on the vocal cords or the vocal tract. This can sometimes be disappointing news to some transgender females because they really hope (and understandably so) that it would help to make their voice higher or a bit lighter. Unfortunately though, it simply doesn’t have that effect. … Read More

How to Treat a “Breathy” Voice

Knowing what to target when a patient presents with a breathy voice is a general question, but equally a good one to ask. Some people will have breathy voices for a variety of different reasons and so the first thing I would do is ascertain whether or not they have a diagnosis. Generally breathy voices arise because the vocal cords … Read More

Does Honey, Lemon and Ginger Improve Your Voice?

You hear a lot about honey, lemon and ginger in relation to voice difficulties (such as a sore throat for example) and I equally get asked a lot about remedies. For the sake of clarity let’s focus on drinks for now. The likes of honey and ginger are antibacterial and so they do have properties in them that are helpful. … Read More

What Effect Does Testosterone Hormone Therapy Have on the Voice?

Testosterone therapy given to people transitioning into male will have a direct effect on the vocal cords. It will make the vocal cords thicker. Thicker vocal cords in turn, produce a deeper / lower pitch. Although for most people, testosterone can have quite a strong effect, there are people for whom it may only produce a mild effect. It’s rare … Read More

Tis the season for reflecting, refining and adopting the new..

The Antoni Method Educating, encouraging, empowering In spite of my many years as a voice specialist speech and language therapist, rarely a day goes by when I do not have a thought about refining my voice work or an idea for a teaching course or a way of adapting an exercise to further help clients.  The huge advantage of seeing … Read More

Trans-Vocal: Presenting at the 31st World Congress of the IALP, Taipei 2019

Attending the 31st World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) this August was most definitely one of my 2019 highlights.  Not only did it give me the opportunity to be ‘trans-vocal’, it also gave me the chance to co-present with fellow voice specialist professionals; attend a range of presentations about voice; meet up with old friends … Read More

The Highs and the Lows: The Issue of Puberphonia

Generally speaking, cases of puberphonia do not present frequently at the Voice clinician’s door. When they do, our interventions tend to be short and satisfying for both patient and clinician as successful outcomes often come quickly.  What is puberphonia? Puberphonia occurs in males whose voices remain high after they have gone through the other physiological changes associated with puberty. The condition … Read More

Seeing the Vocal Light: A Case of Laryngeal Papillomatosis

What is laryngeal papillomatosis? The diagnosis of vocal cord papilloma can prove to be one of the most challenging voice conditions for sufferers . For voice therapists, our interventions are often limited and restricted to pre and post surgery assessment and advice. Papillomatosis is a rare condition in which small benign tumours caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) infect the … Read More

You’re As Young As Your Voice

Voice Matters- Whatever Your Age Whether I’m assisting a performer or a retired person back to vocal health , their voice matters  to them- and to me. Loss of voice function can be debilitating and socially and professionally limiting  sometimes, it can cause huge financial loss. The Professor and The Conference One day I was contacted by a polite 86 yr old gentleman … Read More