November 30, 2017 Lior Burg

The Voice Cure: Voice Therapy

At HearMeOut, we love everything about voices. It amazes us how the voice alone can be so unique and different yet so connecting at the same time. Here are some incredible facts about voices:

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Women are more attracted to men with the same tone of voice as them (and vice versa). People singing can somehow sing in four different tones at the same time!

Some people who have suffered strokes are unable to speak but are still able to sing! When you speak outdoors, your voice can go up to 600 feet. You may have a great singing voice but have a stutter. These facts let us know that if we want to connect with others and with ourselves, our voice is our most important tool.

When we whisper, we somehow use more muscles than when we speak, and this is perhaps to let us know that we are meant to be heard. It has been a long time since the first ever voice recording which occurred in 1860. But we continue to learn more and more with each voice we hear.

Whether you speak English, which has 40 distinct sounds or !Xóõ, which is the language used in Botswana with 112 distinct sounds, you have a voice that is a window into who you are.

Voice therapy is a therapy primarily designed to help us get the most out of our voice. Many issues can cause people to have voice disorders. Some voice disorders can prevent a person from using their voice or can cause speech impediments. But countless other voice disorders affect many people.

In 2017, Adele lost her voice and there were doubts whether she would be able to sing again. Nick Robinson, a commentator at the BBC, also lost his voice and needed speech therapy. For people in entertainment, the loss of quality in the voice can mean the end of a career.

There are other less common forms of voice therapies such as therapy to help old people regain or retain a youthful-sounding voice and therapy to help transgender people sound like the sex they have changed too. Voice therapy is even being used to help schizophrenic people deal with the voices that they hear in their heads and is increasingly being used to help people dealing with panic attacks.

Does your voice define who you are? Have you experienced changes in your voice that have affected your life? We want to hear from you about you. Let us know what makes voices so special and unique for you.

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