Four experts tell you everything you need to know about vocal nodules for World Voice Day.
Formation of vocal nodes
Leading industry vocal coach and voice rehabilitation specialist.
“The people we see the most in voice clinics with nodules are usually young women: school teachers, call center workers – or anyone else with a profession or hobby that makes them project their voice on an already inefficient or “leaky” sound. Of course, this would include singers. [Read more…]
I developed nodules and survived!
Top session singer and industry vocal coach.
“Back in the mid-90s, during a particularly heavy performing schedule, I noticed that my voice was a little husky and accessing my head voice was more difficult than it should’ve been. Since it was my living, I felt obliged to take all the singing work coming my way. As a result I was singing seven days a week for months on end… [Read more…]
Diagnosis and treatment
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Voice), Co-founder of the Voice Research Society.
“Vocal nodules (often called ‘Singer’s Nodules’) are small swellings that can develop on your vocal cords. The swelling interferes with the nice straight edges of your vocal cords preventing them from closing properly and causing breathiness, hoarseness and unreliable voicing. [Read more…]
How nodes are removed today
Tom Harris MA, FRCS, Hon. FRCSLT
Consultant ENT Surgeon at The Blackheath Hospital, London.
“Often singers are frightened of nodules, thinking of them as the death of a career. However, they are the easiest things to fix through both speech therapy and surgery, when it is required…. [Read more…]