Resonant voice therapy for professional voice users with voice problems basic facts

Resonant Voice Therapy for Professional Voice Users with Voice Problems: Basic Facts

Professional voice users:

  • are people who rely on their voice for their livelihoods; and
  • include singers, actors, lawyers, politicians, clergy, educators, call centre operators and receptionists, and many health professionals, including speech pathologists.

Muscle tension dysphonia (MTD):

  • is a voice disorder that can include breathy, hoarse, rough, or strained voice quality, pain in the throat or voice box, and/or frequent coughing or throat clearing;
  • is often caused by excessive, inefficient, or abnormal use of the muscles in and around the voice box; and 
  • can reduce a person’s work performance, social activities, mental health and overall quality of life.

Resonant voice therapy:

  • is an evidence-based voice treatment used by speech pathologists to treat voice problems, including MTD;
  • is designed to help people produce a strong and clear voice with the least effort;
  • releases tension in and around the voicebox; and 
  • encourages people to use their voices in a healthy way, focusing on producing a sensation of vibrations in the lips, nose, and under the eyes (the front of the face) when speaking or singing.
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Further reading:

  1. Chan, A. K., McCabe, P., & Madill, C. J. (2013). The implementation of evidence-based practice in the management of adults with functional voice disorders: A national survey of speech-language pathologists. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15(3), 334-344.
  2. Eastwood, C., Madill, C., & McCabe, P. (2015). The behavioural treatment of muscle tension voice disorders: a systematic review. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 17(3), 287-303.
  3. Oates, J., & Winkworth, A. (2008). Current knowledge, controversies and future directions in hyperfunctional voice disorders. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 10(4), 267-277.
  4. Yiu, E. M. L., Lo, M. C., & Barrett, E. A. (2017). A systematic review of resonant voice therapy. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 19(1), 17-29.
  5. Sataloff, R. T. (2017). Professional voice: the science and art of clinical care, 3-volume set. Plural Publishing.

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Hi there, I’m David Kinnane.

Principal Speech Pathologist, Banter Speech & Language

Our talented team of certified practising speech pathologists provide unhurried, personalised and evidence-based speech pathology care to children and adults in the Inner West of Sydney and beyond, both in our clinic and via telehealth.

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