New York, NY (March 2011) -- Every year on April 16, otolaryngologists (ear-nose-throat specialists) and other voice health professionals worldwide join together to recognize World Voice Day. World Voice Day encourages men and women, young and old, to assess their vocal health and take action to improve or maintain good voice habits.
In observance of the event, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in partnership with MusiCares and KayPentax, has scheduled its fourth annual voice screening professional singers.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
from 9:30am to 3pm
The Voice and Swallowing Institute
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
310 East 14th Street (at 2nd Avenue)
6th Floor, North Building
New York, NY 10003
* Please scroll down for eligibility requirements.
The goal of the screening is to help voice professionals sing at their optimal level at all times, without developing voice disorders that can affect their careers. Scheduled services include the following:
Professional voice assessment including vocal use questionnaire, stroboscopic exam of vocal folds and physician examination. This assessment will provide a baseline for future voice care. Physicians and other specialists will diagnose any current problems, perform a comprehensive vocal injury risk assessment and teach singers practical voice care techniques.
Each singer will receive an information packet filled with tips on voice care and injury prevention as well as a summary of their assessment.
Two leaders in otolaryngology: Michael Pitman, MD - an internationally recognized expert in care of the professional voice, voice conservation and restoration - and Amy Lebowitz, MS, CCC-SLP - a speech and language pathologist and singing voice specialist - will provide an individualized comprehensive physical examination and video stroboscopy to diagnose vocal problems and assess injury risk. They will also provide practical tips for maintaining optimal vocal health.
A series of comprehensive tests and services will be provided FREE OF CHARGE. Singers must be prescreened for financial eligibility by MusiCares® in order to qualify. Please contact 212.245.7840 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All members of the public can also protect the right to let their voices be heard by taking an Interactive Voice Quiz and using the suggestions on the Occupational Voice Health Flyer (PDF) from EntNet.org.
Dr. Pitman and Amy Lebowitz (far right) discuss results of a singer’s screening.
The vocal screenings are being underwritten by grants provided by MusiCares.
If you are a reporter seeking an interview with a doctor at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, please contact Jean Thomas, at (212) 979-4274.
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