Recent Discovery: LDP is also caused by functional dysphonia

Be especially careful after any throat or voice recovery, because LDP is also caused by functional dysphonia. This recent discovery is why I highly recommend going to see a Specialty Doctor in tandem with your Otolaryngologist if you have functional dysphonia.

If you still have issues with your voice, even after taking proper treatment in a hospital and have fully healed from functional dysphonia, you might possibly have LDP caused by the functional dysphonia.
LDP (larynx in a deep position) is a condition of the muscles relating to vocalization, not a medical disease.
If you feel that ‘it is difficult to let out your voice’ or ‘you lack the basic muscle strength needed to sing a song well,’ then you are probably experiencing LDP. More signs are commonly when the musculus extrinsic laryngis contracts, the larynx gets in deep causing coughing or choking, and additionally losing the resonance of your voice as well as the ability to produce or sustain a high-pitch voice.

In conclusion, if a person kept the above voice condition for an extended period of time (years), then it is more than likely because they were unaware that LDP will still stubbornly remain even though they had healed another disease of the voice in the past. All too often, in this case, multiple treatment plans were necessary but not addressed.

Keep in mind, the longer a person has LDP the more difficult it will be to retrain those muscles and recover!

Anyone currently suffering, or post recovery from a disease of the voice or throat I highly recommend you determine an annual action plan with both a Doctor and a Voice Care Specialist to start at the core by also focusing on curing the muscles relating to vocalization.


Change or failure of the voice due to aging

A lot of female singers have visited me at the Voice Care Salon over the years. I have learned that a female singer changes her voice depending on the genre of song and her age.

  • Music Vocalists, pop singers or soprano opera singers usually tend to have the most issues with their voice after their late twenties.
  • Mezzo-soprano, alto or jazz singers usually tend to have issues with their voice after their thirties.

I investigated the possible root causes which are the following:
1.Muscle weakness relating to vocalization due to aging
2.Drop of the sustained forces for vocalization (gravity pulling the muscles)
3. Increased hardness of the musculus extrinsic laryngis
4.Stress, fatigue or illness
5.Stiff muscles due to insufficient exercise

Note1:In the case study of the Male singer, being a vocal music singer ,pop singer or tenor opera singer, they usually tend to have issues with the voice after their thirties. Following that, the baritone, bass or jazz singer usually tends to have issues with their voice after their forties.

Note2:Please consult with your Doctor or Specialist if your voice issue is caused by an illness or stress.
If the root cause is the muscles relating to the vocalization, it is possible to recover if you take proper treatment! Age is not a factor regarding the health of the muscles relating to vocalization.
An 80-year-old female opera singer performed a great concert after having proper treatment from us.

Which is better an early start or late start when singing in an accompaniment?

Timing is everything when singing with others. It takes some practice to be good at. When is the best time to start singing when learning to have the same timing with an accompaniment?
Some people are better to sing solo than with a group, and vice versa. Amateurs or people who are not good at singing yet, usually start to sing too early or too late with an accompaniment.
As a listener, we basically tend to value a person’s singing based off of our first impression of them. If they fail to start singing at the right timing with the group, it will surely give the listener a bad impression of their singing.
However, when a person fails to start singing on time, an early start is still better than a late start.
Because, generally speaking: a late start tends to give a worse impression of a bad singer.
It is terrible to listen if someone is singing a song noticeably far behind their accompaniment. The listener will also question if the later in timing singer had forgotten the words?
But if you start singing earlier than the accompaniment, the accompaniment is following your singing and you can hide your false start. This is tricking the listener using your voice because you are in turn making them think that you are controlling and leading the song.
If you get used to it, you can even be successful with first-time encounters (karaoke) such as singing a duet song with another (stranger) person and still being able to stand out and attract the listener with ‘your’ voice.
However, please be aware that if you start singing an absurd amount of time before the accompaniment, people will notice you are using the trick. A mere moment or a second or two of a false start is the correct way.
Although, an early start is easier and less frowned upon than a late start if you try to sing the same timing with an accompaniment for a chorus in the middle of a song, the same timing to sing with the accompaniment from the beginning is always the best. Do not compromise striving for that.