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A Quiz: Test Your Vocal Health Smarts

This weekend, I will be attending the 2017 Voice Therapy Conference in Pittsburgh.  I am attending for two reasons.  First of all, I must get my Continuing Education credits to maintain my license to practice. Secondly, my absolute favorite part of speech pathology when I was in graduate school was in the area of voice.  I had a fabulous professor who got me hooked on the capabilities of our tiny instrument, the larynx.  I just loved to learn about the anatomy, diagnosing voice problems and helping patients learn to use their voices in better ways.

I still love to learn about our amazingly unique and complex larynx and I want to stay current with trends in techniques, so I am excited to attend!  Here are a few amazing facts that I found fascinating…. Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Losing a Foreign Accent vs. Reducing a Foreign Accent

Maybe you are struggling with a foreign accent and have lost some self-confidence at work because of it.  You are repeating yourself frequently (and that’s getting old real fast), other people jump in and explain what you just said or meant, you see blank stares or people responding off-topic to what you just said, or someone at work has told you were not selected to do the presentation because of your accent.

Research shows that your listeners grow tired of having to try to translate the message when you hard to understand.  Your listener will stick with you for only so long before shutting down and stop listening.  This puts you at a disadvantage.  You have a couple of choices: Lose your accent completely or reduce your accent.  Here are the advantages and disadvantages of both.  Continue reading

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