In the realm of voice feminisation currently, more surgeons now offer pitch raising surgery. The most common of these is glottoplasty which involves surgery to shorten the length of the vocal cords (also known as vocal folds). The allure of surgery can be tempting yet the reality is that full voice feminisation is possible for most individuals who seek appropriate voice therapy. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the intricate world of voice modification and explore why prioritising specialist voice therapy is a strategic choice.
The individual experiences of trans people can vary significantly from person to person. Even in ‘developed’ countries, where advances have been made, scope for enhancements always exist. Set backs are an inevitability on the path of progress as demonstrated by the backlash following the revision of the U.K’s 2004 Gender Recognition Act (GRA) in 2015. For Transgender Awareness week, it seems fitting to cast a wide scope over events experienced by trans and gender diverse people of the world.
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
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
Introducing the first episode of #OnVoice with Christella Antoni OnVoice will feature frequently asked questions by voice disorder clients, performers, the trans and gender diverse community and speech and language therapists. The first episode will premiere on YouTube on Tuesday 11th February at 1pm. You can subscribe to Christella’s channel here OnVoice brings real questions and answers based on Christella’s … Read More
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
Nearly two and a half years ago, a new graduate SLT called Rhiannon Grebert approached me after attending my Vital Voice course. She was interested in any work opportunities i could offer her. Following a period of observation, training and supervision, Rhiannon came to work at my practice part-time. Rhiannon’s specific interest was working with transgender Voice. She has worked … Read More
In typical springlike weather, the Diamond April group session blew into action. This is my longest established voice group and is named Diamond because of its endurance. I’ve run many other more formatted groups both within the NHS (first in 2002) and in private practice and new groups are currently planned for the future but the diamond group is worth … Read More
The first quarter of 2019 was characterised by busy clinic practice and delivering varied teaching and presentations. During an unusually sunny February, I taught two courses at my treatment rooms and gave a presentation at University College London (UCL) : 2 day Vital Voice Course 2 day Working With Transgender Voice Course (one free place given to a very newly … Read More
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