The theme for the 2011 World Voice Day is "We Share A Voice,” and the otolaryngology–head and neck surgery department hopes attendants to the region’s first World Voice Symposium will learn not only how to share their voice, but also extend its life and quality.
The department is partnering with the UC Health Voice and Swallowing Center to host the educational event from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Manor House Banquet and Conference Center in Mason.
"It’s important for people to be educated about their voice,” says Sid Khosla, MD, UC assistant professor of otolaryngology.
"We see a lot of patients with mild to moderate vocal problems who may have avoided them with good preventative care.”
The department is bringing together speech pathologists, voice teachers and neurologists for the symposium. Sessions will cover use and care of the occupational voice, care of the singing and active voice and available treatments for neurological voice disorders. Voice problems can manifest themselves in different ways.
But particular groups, like teachers, are at a higher risk for vocal injuries serious enough to impair their work.
"Teachers are predisposed to the greatest amount of potential voice injury,” says Khosla.
"There’s a small percentage who retire early because of voice problems. But there are definitely things we can do to prevent that injury and new forms of vocal therapy we can use with them.”
The final session will feature vocal performances and a panel with individuals recovering from a voice disorder, led by Local 12 reporter Liz Bonis.
"Both the performances and the patient stories are going to highlight how important voice is to our daily function and communication with the outside world,” says Khosla.
"With these stories, we can show how devastating it is when you can’t share your voice.”
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Khosla will be presenting on a common misconception about our voices: That a weaker, aging voice is an unavoidable fact of getting older.
"The vocal cords do weaken as we age, " he says, "depending on how much a person talks—instead of meeting together in the larynx, a gap between the cords can develop and give the speaker a soft, breathy voice.”
But, he says, it’s easily fixed with vocal therapy or a surgical technique. "It’s something that doesn’t have to happen.”