Throat Clearing: a symptom or a habit?

Over many years of evaluating and treating patients with a voice impairment, throat clearing is the most common accompanying behaviors, and one of the most irritating to the vocal folds. So why do patients do it?  “I have phlegm,” “mucus,” “there’s something there,”...

Help Me Use the Breather®: Frequently asked questions

From time to time I am contacted by a customer, patient, or speech-language pathologist with questions about using the Breather®, respiratory muscle trainer (RMT) device. Recently, I heard from a customer who I’ll call Linda, who shared in an email that she has...

Adjusting the “Sails” for Better Voice Production

With a speech-language pathology practice located in SW Florida, I have lots of patients who are boaters, and in fact a few patients who lived on their boats for 10 years or more while traveling the Caribbean. When these current or former sailors come to me with...