New York, NY (March 2013) -- Every year in April, otolaryngologists (ear-nose-throat specialists) and other voice health professionals worldwide join together to recognize World Voice Day. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Department of Otolaryngology, Voice & Swallowing Institute holds a uniquely “New York” activity –helping performers from Broadway, jazz, opera, rock, pop, soul and rap – protect their careers by early diagnosis and treatment of throat disorders.
In celebration of World Voice Day, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in partnership with MusiCares and KayPentax, has scheduled its sixth annual voice screening for professional singers who may otherwise lack access to medical care.
Friday, April 19, 2013
from 12:30 - 5:30 pm
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
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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.
Professional voice assessment including vocal use questionnaire, stroboscopic exam of vocal folds and physician examination are provided FREE OF CHARGE. This assessment can serve as 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.
Michael Pitman, MD, internationally recognized expert in care of the
professional voice, voice conservation and restoration
Amy L. Cooper, MS, CCC-SLP, speech language pathologist and singing voice specialist
MusicCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, which provides a
safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need
Eligible participants must document at least 5 years of professional music career history
The annual 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 All members of the public can protect their voices by taking the Interactive Voice Quiz and using suggestions on the Special Care for Voice Users factsheet from EntNet.org.
Each singer is asked to hit high and low notes while voice is recorded and vocal cords photographed.
Dr. Pitman (at left) discusses results of videostroboscopy with Hunter Herdlicka, who appeared in the Broadway revival of a Little Night Music. Hunter was instrumental in bringing the importance of voice screening to the attention of many young performers.
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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