Naturally, since I am in the voice repair business, I have been getting a lot of calls and e-mails from people with various voice problems. Some of them had those problems for the longest time, (up to 30 years long)! Nevertheless, the long-time sufferers were pretty much adjusted to their adapted lifestyles, as they tried pretty much everything, nothing worked for them and they learned how to live with it. Can you blame them?
My answer will be; YES and NO.
No, because they have suffered enough and were unable to find the desirable cure.
Yes, because they probably did not try hard enough, at least those whose voice problems were treatable and at least, partially curable.
Some of them, in my opinion, gave up too fast and too soon.
Not too long ago, the woman from the United States with the diagnosis of vocal cord paralysis inquired about my Non-Surgical/Alternative Voice Repair services. She has been offered an operation via installation of some kind of synthetic device, which by my experience, would not do anything, except paralyzing her vocal cord for good beyond any repair. Obviously, she did not want to take that route and was looking for a natural and alternative solution.
Needless to say, for the past 2 years, she has been everywhere and anywhere, she has tried all kinds of speech therapy and what not, but evidently, nothing has helped.
Due to her vocal disability, she has lost her business, which required her to speak with the customers and promote her product sales. Unfortunately, she even had to declare bankruptcy, and thus lost all of her financial credits. In order to come to Canada, she needed to pay for our services and for the trip expenses. Her family, with the exception of one of her daughters, was entirely against it and wanted her to give up on, so to speak, claiming her life back and wanted her to learn to be and live with her vocal disorder for good.
To this woman's credit, being of strong European decent, she found a way how to realise her dream and, at least reasonably, obtain some cure to her voice problem. The vocal paresis per say, is a very nasty voice disorder. If it has affected only one vocal cord, you could compare it with the person who became a paraplegic and ended up being bound to a wheelchair. If it has affected both vocal cords, you can compare it to a person who is paralyzed from the neck down.
For the latter, there definitely is no cure.
For the former, there is no cure per say, but there definitely could be a huge improvement with the Vocal Science technique, which will allow not only to work on the actual paralyzed vocal cord to make it flex to whichever degree possible, but also to go around that vocal cord with the help of the healthy one and, as usual, restructure the sound to the facial cavities and coordinate those facial muscles with the abdominal muscles, thus to minimize the use of the vocal anatomy as a whole.
The enunciation, pronunciation and clarity will be significantly improved. All the impurities from the bottom of the vocal box, such as mucus, gastric acid and what have you, will be eliminated via natural herbal and homeopathic remedies. The pressure of the sound and especially on the healthy vocal cord, which is compensating and overworking for both vocal cords, will be significantly relieved.
Will the paralyzed vocal cord be cured completely? Probably not.
Will the quality of the voice and its delivery be exponentially improved? Yes, Absolutely.
The person will gain their communication skills and will not be so shy to speak and reach out, and naturally, the lost confidence will be restored and the quality of life will return and will become better, as the person going through this rough patch became stronger mentally, in spirit, and in health overall. That type of person deserves all of the respect for not giving up and for the bravery to do something about it.
Way to go!!!
I have to note that I myself have had quite a few health challenges, voice included. I, however, never stopped looking for a cure and did not give up until I found it. Just to make it clearer, my main, lifetime challange, always has been the exess body weight. Now, almost 34 years later, residing in Canada, I finally got the solution, as my overweight condition was really a threat to my life and my livelyhood.
I cannot be happier and enjoy every pound I have lost to date.
Needless to say, with every 5 pounds I lose, 10 pounds of confidence I gain!