I'm getting a lot of calls regarding the non-surgical voice repair program.
The people who are inquiring are usually very desperate and very emotional, which is quite understandable.
They're pleading for help and, at the glance, appear that they would do anything that would be required from them, would drop everything and anything, including their vocal and voice performances, and would rush to Toronto to fix their voices, to continue their performance, recording and whichever other careers and curriculum, which are directly connected to their voices and their overall wellbeing.
Some of them are diagnosed, some of them not yet, and some of them are hiding their diagnosis to my dismay...?
But what is more surprising is that a lot of them are singing (more like faking) and being in denial, while at the same time, possessing a growth in their vocal boxes!
They are actually singing on their nodules and polyps and pretending that everything is fine!
Unfortunately, through my practice, and even not too long ago, I've heard quite disturbing cases of people who have been in denial of their voice conditions.
I got a call from a distraught spouse, telling me the story about his wife, who is a singer/song writer and has been diagnose 6 years ago with polyps.
She was told to stop singing and either to find a non-surgical solution to get rid of those polyps or embark on surgery.
She hadn't listened and went on her marry way to stardom.
The voice was deteriorating exponentially and disappeared completely after the 6 years of abuse.
Unfortunately, by then, she has lost it completely and already had no other choice as to embark on the surgical procedure.
I have spoken to her husband and tried to speak to her (there was nothing but the hiss and whisper) two weeks after her surgery took place.
She has not regained any voice, at least not yet, and was advised, after the polyps were sent to pathology, that the growth was malignant, meaning cancerous.
In this instance, I would not be able to help, as it has been gone too far.
If she had come to me at the beginning stages of her vocal problem, I would be able to solve it non-surgically, and mainly, I would be able to teach her how to use her voice safely and efficiently and not only would we be able to dissolve those polyps, but we would be able to prevent them from coming back again and again...
The polyps, in fact, have a viral nature and to get rid of them is much harder than from the nodules or nodes, for that matter.
The perfect example would be John Mayer, who had two surgeries, as the polyps kept coming back.
Now he is on an indefinite hiatus and nobody knows if he will be singing ever again.
Something like this definitely would be very traumatizing and tragic for just anybody concerned.
So the moral of it is, learn how to speak and how to sing properly and take care of your, so to speak, instrument efficiently.
Don't treat it lightly if the injury has already occurred.
And don't fool yourself, that it will go away by itself or will miraculously get better.
Try to solve your vocal problems non-surgically first.
If it is too late for that, embark on that surgery, but definitely address the post-surgical care and change your voice application from the one existing before the injury.
After all, there is no change...without change.
Diana Yampolsky is the Master Vocal Coach, Studio Vocal Producer, and Non-Surgical Voice Repair Specialist at The Royans Professional Vocal School in Toronto, Canada. She is also the creator of the Vocal Science ™ method and Talent Scout and Director for the 4 A.M. Talent Development and Artist Management Group Inc.
If you find yourself struggling with vocal performance or are in need of voice repair, you can reach Diana by email or phone, Toll Free in North America, at 1-888-229-TUNE (8863)