Deborah Aloba - Singing Teacher

Deborah Aloba - Singing Teacher

Help is at Hand

If you have symptoms that suggest you may have vocal nodules:

 

  • Seek a medical opinion from a Laryngologist experienced with voice problems. The best solution is to ask your GP for a referral to a multidisciplinary voice clinic.
    A list of UK voice clinics is available to download here
  • Whenever possible rest your voice and avoid speaking against noise, shouting or coughing violently.
  • Inhale steam to soothe irritated and swollen vocal folds
  • Keep well hydrated and avoid inhaled irritants, such as smoke.
  • If you are a singer discuss suitable warm up exercises with your singing teacher and do not try to sing high and quiet – you will be doomed to disappointment until the nodules have resolved.
  • If your Laryngologist refers you to a Speech and Language Therapist take up the option and work hard on the exercises you are given. Voice therapy is like physiotherapy or Pilates for the voice and may well be all you need to resolve the nodules.
  • If your Laryngologist suggests surgery, do not panic! It may well be the quickest and most effective way to deal with the problem. Ask your Laryngologist to explain exactly what they will do at surgery and why they feel it is the best treatment option. Discuss any worries you have openly.
  • Don’t beat yourself up about it! Vocal nodules are not a crime or even necessarily the result of “bad technique”. They are an injury, much as a marathon runner might sustain during training or a race.

Although vocal nodules remain a problem for professional voice users and may cause some cancelled shows, delays in training, a lot of hard work and inevitably some anxiety, they are very unlikely to herald the end of a career.

This video will assist you to understand how the vocal folds work when you are singing.

This video is of four singers singing a choral piece in harmony and shows how the vocals function whilst the singers perform.