Professional Voice Program
Trust Your Voice To The Professionals
The Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Professional Voice Program has been southeastern Wisconsin’s premier voice health care resource for over 25 years. As the only voice clinic in southeastern Wisconsin associated with an academic medical center, the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Professional Voice Program is the first choice for those who value a comprehensive and individualized treatment approach.
Does Your Voice Need Medical Attention?
|All of us experience occasional hoarseness or have trouble speaking at times, but how do you know when your voice requires a professional look? Ask yourself the following:
- Has your voice been hoarse or raspy for longer than 2 weeks?
- Have you experienced a sudden voice change, even though you are not sick?
- Do you tend to “lose” your voice frequently?
- Does your voice sound deeper, or is your singing range limited?
- Does your throat often feel raw, achy or strained?
- Is it difficult for you to project your voice or speak in noisy environments?
- Is it difficult to perform your daily work duties due to your voice?
- Do you find yourself repeatedly clearing your throat?
- Does your voice fatigue easily?
Patients who benefit from the Professional Voice Program come from a wide variety of backgrounds: musicians, actors, broadcasters, lawyers, politicians, clergy, teachers, professional speakers and salespersons. However, anyone with a concern about vocal health, including concerns regarding voice quality, effort, loudness, or pitch, can benefit from an evaluation.
If your answer to any of the above questions is “yes”, the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Professional Voice Program may be the solution.
Your Voice, Our Undivided AttentionWhen you depend on your voice for a living, you need to know that your vocal health is in the right hands. The staff of the Professional Voice Program includes two board-certified and fellowship-trained laryngologists (vocal cord specialists), Joel Blumin, MD and Jonathan Bock, MD, a nurse practitioner, a team of dedicated voice/speech pathologists, and a singing voice specialist. They are all experienced voice health experts who work side by side in a team-oriented approach that focuses solely on you. They will work with the teachers, coaches, and directors who are the cornerstones of your professional voice development. Many of our staff are active in the performing arts and come from professional voice backgrounds themselves. They understand and genuinely care about your needs and concerns.
Fixing the Problem, Preserving the VoiceFor many chronic or severe voice problems, simple voice rest is not sufficient. Specialists at the Professional Voice Program will work together to find the root cause of your concern. Their cutting-edge knowledge about vocal health management is enhanced by state-of-the-art instrumentation, including video analysis of vocal fold vibration, acoustic analysis of vocal function, and office-based procedures. A music studio equipped with microphones, guitar, and keyboard is onsite to facilitate care for performers. The vast referral network of Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin physician specialists are available for patients with specific needs. All management has a combined focus on rehabilitation and preservation of vocal quality with attention to your professional voice demands.
An Easy Way to Contact UsThe Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Professional Voice Program offers a 24/7 hotline service: 414-456-SING (7464). After hours, if you have a voice issue that will affect an upcoming performance, call to page a Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Professional Voice Program physician. Use the same number to schedule an appointment during normal business hours.
You can also contact us via online form.
Date: Aug. 17, 2012
Online Editor(s): Richard Petre