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Happy Holidays – AND a Healthy Voice

It’s that time of year again: holiday parties and reveling, New Year’s festivities, and LOTS of talking to friends and relatives. It’s also a time of stress, rushing, too little sleep, and too many germs invading our mucous membranes. So, it’s the perfect time to talk about voice care, now and throughout the year. Winter […]

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IT’S NYSSMA TIME – DON’T PANIC! READ THIS!

Your child has come home from school and announced that he/she would like to participate in the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Festival voice evaluations for this coming spring. You look at the forms and immediately get that helpless feeling of “Uh-oh; what do I do now? My child has never even taken […]

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“Tune In to Tune Up” Episode 5: Stress & Your Voice

This Isn’t Just for Singers If you’ve ever been sidelined by stress or anxiety (and who hasn’t), especially as it relates to performing or public speaking situations, you won’t want to miss the next episode of Tune In to Tune Up with Karen Sussman, MA, CCC, voice therapist and singing voice expert. On Wednesday August […]

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How to Have a Dog Without Losing Your Voice

Ah, man’s best friend (and woman’s too!) – a dog. Dogs enrich our lives in so many ways. An endless source of unconditional love, loyalty, and support. A companion, a protector, and a pal to take away sadness or pain…. we get all this and much more from our dogs. I should know: I’m on […]

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“Tune In to Tune Up” Episode 4: Vocal Cord Pathology

To Cut or Not to Cut – That Is the Question! In their fourth Facebook Live episode, voice therapist and singing voice expert Karen Sussman, MA, CCC-SLP and laryngologist Joel Portnoy, MD explore the treatment of vocal cord pathologies. If you’re a singer or use your speaking voice professionally as a teacher, actor, public speaker, […]

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“Tune In to Tune Up” Episode 3: The Singer’s Pharmacy

The Good, the Bad, and the Drying If you’re a singer or professional voice user, you won’t want to miss Episode 3 of Tune In to Tune Up, featuring that Winning Pair in Voice Care, Karen Sussman, MA, CCC, voice therapist & singer-specialist, and Joel Portnoy, MD, laryngologist. They be discuss medications and supplements that […]

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“Tune In to Tune Up” Episode 1: Singers’ Complaints

With Karen Sussman & Joel Portnoy, M.D., the Winning Pair in Voice Care!! Karen is joined by Joel Portnoy, MD, laryngologist, who is one of the only experts on Long Island specializing in the art and science of caring for the voice. Joel and Karen will be addressing the topic of Singers’ Complaints…and you don’t […]

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Why You Never Ignore A Serious Symptom

An Inspiring Story About a Fellow Speech Pathologist Who Lost Her Voice I wanted to share a fascinating story of a fellow speech pathologist, Erie Louison, MA, CCC-SLP, which originally appeared in the ASHA Leader in October 2017. It touched me because her story involved a voice disorder. Not only that, this story highlighted how […]

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Voice Therapist Helps World’s Largest Animal Rescue Organization

Walk & Wag Event Raises $1000s to Help Homeless Animals This past Sunday, October 1, I had a unique experience. For the first time ever, I participated in a fundraising walk for animals, namely, the North Shore Animal League America’s Walk & Wag event in Port Washington, Long Island, NY. The walk, held in beautiful […]

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Straw Phonation and the Vocal Straw Exercise

We’d like to share this great article with everyone. Straw phonation is used to improve the efficiency of the vocal mechanism, balance the alignment of the vocal folds, and reduce vocal fatigue while improving the quality of the voice. http://www.voicescienceworks.org/straw-phonation.html Here are some additional videos on the subject we think you’ll find helpful. 1. Instructional […]

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