American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA Sponsors Radio Series On The Topic Of The Voice

San Francisco Radio Show VoiceBox Features ASHA Member

(Rockville, MD - April 6, 2010)  

The subject of the voice is not discussed very often but that is about to change. To help promote the work of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who work in the field of voice, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is sponsoring three broadcasts of the San Francisco Bay Area's new vocal music public radio series "VoiceBox" on KALW 91.7 FM.

ASHA member and voice expert Dr. Sarah Schneider, CCC-SLP, of the University of California, San Francisco, will join VoiceBox host and producer Chloe Veltman for the first pre-taped broadcast, which will air on April 16 at 10:00 p.m. PST. The theme is "The Aging Voice: How Voices Change Over Time." Subjects for the second broadcast will be health issues faced by professional singers and the biggest myths associated with care of the voice. For the third, how the latest trends in speech and voice therapy are changing the lives of people around the world will be discussed. The dates of these additional broadcasts are yet to be determined.

SLPs are uniquely qualified to help people with voice issues. Schneider will bring her wealth of information and expertise to all three broadcasts and provide listeners with resources and tips to help protect and heal their voice. Listeners in need of an SLP in their area can find one at www.asha.org/findpro/.

What happens as voices age? What can happen to voices over time? What are signs of vocal aging? How can you use your voice in a healthy way to slow the effects of aging? How can voices improve over time? These are just a few questions that will be answered during the first show. Also discussed will be the careers of famous singers whose voices perceptibly changed during the course of their lives, ways in which their voices deteriorated or improved with age or simply altered, and techniques singers use to maintain their vocal health as they age.

The April 16 broadcast coincides with World Voice Day, an annual event recognized by voice health professionals worldwide.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.

View all ASHA press releases at www.asha.org/about/news.

Listen to all ASHA podcasts at http://podcast.asha.org.

About VoiceBox
VoiceBox (www.voicebox-media.org) is a new public radio series on KALW 91.7 FM and multimedia project dedicated to exploring the art of singing and the best of the vocal music scene from the Bay Area and beyond. The project seeks to highlight and contextualize the work of local singers and songwriters from across a wide range of genres as well as national and international artists, while stimulating in-depth, high quality discussion about the human voice and encouraging listeners to both broaden their musical horizons and participate in local singing activities.

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