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Dr. Reena Gupta

Dr. Gupta Presents at SAG-AFTRA

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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The professional voice user population has always had a great work ethic, sometimes to their own detriment. Their “get it done” attitude often has meant pushing their voices to the point of pain or total voice loss. Those symptoms are temporary, and so the trajectory continues. Until injury occurs. Unfortunately, these injuries can be devastating, […]

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Surgery and Your Voice

by Mariko Rooks
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A voice professional may need to undergo a surgical procedure to treat a condition unrelated to voice and vocal function. However, many surgeries have unexpected effects on the voice. When operations center around the head and neck, it is easy to make the correlation between the surgery and its potential impact on one’s voice. Less […]

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Voice Pain and Muscle Tension Dysphonia

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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Question: I am a trained singer and have never had a voice problem. However, ever since having a cold a few weeks ago, it hurts when I sing or speak. I have tried to go on vocal rest and this helps for a short time. But when I use my voice, it hurts again. What […]

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Is Vocal Fry Bad for You?

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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The topic of vocal fry in young women is important and it does not seem to be going away. Regularly, a study concludes that speaking in vocal fry affects a woman’s authoritativeness or makes her less likely to get a job. When Google released their plug-In “Just Not Sorry,” this topic was pushed to the […]

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What is Vocal Cord Paralysis?

by Brendan Yoon
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Vocal cord paralysis (VCP), also known as vocal fold paralysis, refers to vocal cord immobility due to dysfunction of the vocal nerves. The vocal cords are V-shaped structures located inside the larynx that control speaking and prevent foreign objects from entering the lungs. Vocal cord paralysis can either be unilateral (paralyzed on one side of […]

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Adele says “Hello” after Vocal Surgery

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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Adele released “Hello” to universally rave reviews, which were understandable given the beauty and vocal quality demonstrated on the track. Many in the voice world listened carefully, as well, to determine if she was truly back or if her vocal surgery had negatively affected her. Those who were looking for something negative to say were […]

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Happily Ever After (a Hemorrhage)

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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An earlier Voice Case of the Week described a severe vocal hemorrhage, which occurred after a patient choked and coughed while eating. The follow up to this included a discussion of the consequences of hemorrhages. Small hemorrhages (or bruising) of the vocal fold will lead to injuries if they are not identified. The case included […]

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Small Hemorrhages: So Now What?

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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In a prior article, we discussed how small undetected hemorrhages will eventually lead to a larger vocal injury. The overarching question here, though, is now what? How do we use this information to change our behavior? Technique There is no question that good speaking and singing technique will reduce the risk of vocal injury. A […]

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Meghan Trainor: Hemorrhages and the Professional Singer

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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Meghan Trainor, talented songwriter and singer, has had to stop performing and cancel the remainder of her tour due to a second vocal hemorrhage. Singers, vocal coaches, and fans have been scratching their heads over this injury, as hemorrhages have not been discussed much in the vocal community. Nodules, thick vocal fold callouses, are the […]

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Voice Case of the Week: “Pushing Through” and “Working Around” Hoarseness

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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The patient is a 40-year-old female who noted voice changes after choking. She was drinking water the night before and noted it went down the wrong pipe. She only coughed for 1-2 minutes but had a sore throat afterwards and felt her voice was different. She has a large stadium engagement tomorrow and so she […]

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Allergies and the Voice

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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Most people associate allergies with the classic symptoms seen on commercials: itchy, watery eyes; runny nose; and sneezing. However, far more often, allergies present subtly, and in a way that is quite sinister when it comes to voice: postnasal drip. What is postnasal drip? Postnasal drip is the term for mucous that drips down the […]

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