I’m not SICK, I have a VOCAL DISORDER!!!!

“I get so tired of people thinking I am sick.  I am a pretty private person, but should I just tell people I have a voice disorder?” – Anonymous The simple fact is, many people are not aware vocal disorders exist.  So, it’s probably no surprise that chronic limited or compromised voice can often be […]

How to Avoid Phone Issues with GetHuman.com

Adam Goldkamp from GetHuman.com recently joined me in an interview where I learned just how much they are doing to help reduce the stress of using the PHONE to take care of business. Many people email me to share the daily challenges of living with a vocal disorder.  PHONE issues are among the top challenge!  […]

Vocal Disorders: How the journey started and why it continues (VoiceMatters.net)

I want to work with you to increase awareness of vocal disorders.  Together, we can build unbelievable momentum and ensure all voices are heard! I don’t have a vocal disorder, but I love someone who does.  Since launching the first social network for these disorders (VoiceMatters.net), I am inspired by the many who are living […]

Vocal Disorders: We’re Launching a Video Campaign to Increase Awareness

We are launching a video campaign to help increase awareness of vocal disorders.  If you want to know more about VocalDisorders.org, what we seek to accomplish, and why our founder (Andrea Hardaway) is so passionate about supporting those who struggle with limited or no voice… you will want to be sure to stay connected! Stay […]

[Diagnosis] What is Vocal Fold Paresis / Vocal Fold Paralysis?

Definition: Vocal Fold Paresis / Vocal Fold Paralysis is a vocal disorder where the vocal fold(s) don’t open or close properly due to abnormal nerve input to the voice box muscles (laryngeal muscles).  The nerves involved in the tensing and opening of vocal folds are the superior laryngeal nerve (SLN) and the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN), […]

[Diagnosis] What is Spasmodic Dysphonia?

Spasmodic dysphonia (SD) is a vocal disorder where involuntary movements (spasms) of the muscles inside of the vocal folds (larynx) occur during speech.  This interferes with the production of voice; causing breaks in the voice and also resulting in strained speech. Also referred to as: Laryngeal Dystonia Strangled voice Various Types: Adductor spasmodic dysphonia (ADSD):  […]

How to Finally Make Voice Exercises a Part of Your Day

Are you having trouble getting motivated to practice your voice exercises?  Andrea Hardaway shares some practical things you can do to help you get motivated to make those exercises a part of your daily routine.  

How to Accomplish Your Vocal Health Goals

Last week, my little dog (Princess)  fixed her eyes on a squirrel which had stalled on a tree.  She charged towards the tree, in full pursuit of the squirrel.  Initially, I don’t think she realized the tree was surrounded by a hedge of bushes.  However, once she did, she was too focused on the squirrel […]

All Voices Matter on VoiceMatters.net!

There’s been lots of discussion on VoiceMatters.net in the past couple of weeks.  Thank you for your comments, contributions, and messages.EXPRESS YOURSELF:I’ve always found creative expression to be a wonderful way of sharing.  Here is a poem, written by Louise Bale, Please feel free to share your thoughts… Lost for Words  Words should tumble like a waterfall, roll easy […]

How to Talk with Someone with a Vocal Disorder

Limited voice and vocal disorders do not have to be a barrier to having productive, engaging conversations.  When you are talking to someone with a voice disorder, there are several things you can do to help make the discussion better for everyone involved.  Here are some things you should know about how to talk to […]