“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.
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…
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.
Dear Doctor Jahn, It’s been months and one of my ears never “popped” clear after a flight! To make things worse, when I sing it sounds like I’m wearing earplugs. I’ve had scans etc and there appears to be nothing wrong. There’s no allergies or anything else I can think of – help! Those who […]