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“Does anyone know a good ENT?”
It’s not the wrong question… or at least it wasn’t wrong 20 years ago. But since then, with the dominance of the field of Laryngology, the care of the professional voice has advanced far beyond what can be done by an ENT.
A singer should have a vocal coach and laryngologist on their team and may also require a speech therapist on occasion, should injury or problems arise.
Your lungs are you power source, producing the strength of sound
Vocal folds (or cords) are part of your larynx, and vibrate to make the air from your lungs vibrate, producing sound
Everything above your vocal folds (such as lips, tongue, and sinuses) are resonators, shaping sound and giving it color.
Most vocalists don’t realize there are things within their control that may be increasing their risk of injury. A preventative vocal health visit with a laryngologist is the best way to detect and manage these issues. For example, improved allergy control can dramatically reduce the risk of injury.