New York, NY (April 2008) -- Eighty very grateful New York area professional jazz, opera and R&B singers took advantage of a free vocal health screening at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary’s Voice & Swallowing Institute on April 12, many getting their voices medically appraised for the first time, some finding they had vocal cord medical problems and every one of them establishing a health baseline for future care.
"This was an exciting, successful event," said Michael Pitman, MD, director of the Voice and Swallowing Institute. "Each professional singer was assessed by a voice therapist and a laryngologist (voice doctor), and underwent an acoustical test and a state- of-the-art videostroboscopic examination to visualize his or her vocal folds. Every single singer expressed gratitude and enthusiasm for learning about how to care for his or her voice."
The screening was part of the World Voice Day observance, and was co-sponsored by MusiCares (The Recording Academy’s charitable foundation) and New York Singers Collective. Response was so overwhelming that appointments were filled a month in advance.
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