Redirecting the Vocal Athlete: Hyperfunction in Singers and Actors As speech-language pathologists and voice trainers, we are often faced with the dilemma of managing hyperfunctional voices. Although training these patients to use hypofunctional or breathy phonatory patterns may be tempting, the real dilemma in finding the proper balance of the subsystems is a misdirection of vocal energy. Because the ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 1998
Redirecting the Vocal Athlete: Hyperfunction in Singers and Actors
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  • Linda M. Carroll
    Private PracticeNew York, NY
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Article   |   December 01, 1998
Redirecting the Vocal Athlete: Hyperfunction in Singers and Actors
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, December 1998, Vol. 8, 5-6. doi:10.1044/vvd8.3.5
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, December 1998, Vol. 8, 5-6. doi:10.1044/vvd8.3.5
As speech-language pathologists and voice trainers, we are often faced with the dilemma of managing hyperfunctional voices. Although training these patients to use hypofunctional or breathy phonatory patterns may be tempting, the real dilemma in finding the proper balance of the subsystems is a misdirection of vocal energy. Because the sound originates from the source (larynx), many patients become vocally (and sensorily) obsessed with that region of the anatomy. If we approach phonation as a balance of the three subsystems—respiratory, laryngeal (source), and resonance/articulatory (filter), then a balance of work can be sought. Excessive energy in any one subsystem is not healthy and results in a misdirection of the voice. Such is the case with the majority of hyperfunctional voice disorders.
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