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Vocal Stress

Nearly everybody talks, but few of us consider what all that use is doing to our vocal cords. Overuse and abuse can lead to nodules, chronic laryngitis, hoarseness and other vocal disorders. Anyone who talks or sings a lot is at risk. However, most disorders of the vocal cords are preventable, and even after damage, can be reversed. On this episode of Health Link we examine vocal stress and what we can do to keep our voices healthy.

Guests

Dawn Heisig, M.A., S.L.P.
Speech-language pathologist with St. Peter’s Health Care Services. For more, call the Hearing and Speech Department at St. Peter's Hospital at (518) 475-7075.

Jack Pickering Ph.D., C.C.C.-S.L.P.
Speech-language pathologist with Capital Region Ear, Nose & Throat.

Related Resources

The American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery presents information on maladies of the throat.

The American Speech and Language Association (ASHA) is dedicated to making effective communication accessible and achievable for all.

MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, offers information on causes of voice disorders and how to take care of your voice.

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders is dedicated to improving the lives of people who have communication disorders.

The Voice Foundation is the world's oldest and leading organization dedicated to voice medicine, science and education.
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