Being told that you have or are on the way to vocal damage is one of the scariest things that can happen to a singer. Happily, there is a good deal that can be done to help a voice in crisis.
In recent years I have worked very closely with a range of professional singers with nodules, muscle tension dysphonia, inflammation and bruising of the larynx, bowed vocal folds and chronic vocal fatigue, among other things. In each case the singer has been able to return to work safely and with the voice in much better shape!
Naturally any work of this nature must be done in partnership with the singer's ENT consultant, speech therapist, voice clinic or GP. Where it is felt to be necessary or advisable, I also work in close partnership with a team of clinical practitioners from other disciplines, in order to effect the best possible outcome for the voice.
Please note that a singing teacher cannot give a medical diagnosis. Thus, in order to work with you on rehabilitating your voice, I will always require a copy of your clinical notes.
If you happen to contact me before you have a diagnosis I will happily listen to you, but please be advised that I will then send you off to see a clinician before starting on a rehabilitation programme.
All that aside, if you think you have vocal damage or are in danger of going down that road, don't panic! Contact me, we'll have a chat and I'll advise you as to where to begin and what might be done about it. Remember, the earlier you catch a problem, the easier it is to treat.