Monday, January 29, 2018

Why are vocal students (former and present) of well-renowned vocal coaches keeping "close relationships” with their renowned ENT Doctors?

My answer(s) and point of view was inspired by a news article from CBC News | Entertainment, titled: 

However, to start elaborating on the above editorial, I would like to bring to your attention a comment by my former voice repair student, presently singing student under my vocal care - Mary Ellen Stoll of Brockville, Ontario.

Please read below and get her point of view on the above-mentioned article.
I believe that she said pretty much all of what needed to be said:


“Hello Eli:

I listen to and enjoy your reporting on CBC all the time. 

I also listened with great interest to your report on what's robbing singers of their voices. I have a very strong and personal interest in this topic and thought I might share some of my story with you, as a way of rounding out the perspective on the coverage.

Forty years ago at the age of 22 I had surgery to remove nodes from my vocal chord -- I had damaged my vocal cords through strenuous use of them in both singing, public speaking etc. Over the next forty years my ability to sing deteriorated, as did my speaking voice, with a very busy and strenuous career in the Ontario public service. However when I retired in 2015 I wished nothing more than to return to singing and joined a women's barbershop chorus. It quickly became apparent that I would need help not only to repair my voice, but to be able to endure the rigours of our practices and performances without further damage.

I was extremely lucky to find a Toronto-based vocal coach/voice repair specialist named Diana Yampolsky who has been working with singers and speakers from around the world for both voice repair and the improvement of their voices for almost 40 years. After a number of hours of learning her technique -- first for speaking and then for singing -- I can tell you that I am seriously amazed at my repaired voice. I have been told that my voice sounds like a twenty year old again and friends, family and fellow chorus members are astonished.

Diana uses some herbal treatments and definitely no steroid injections like (mentioned by you) Sophie Milman who, in fact, is a former student of Toronto Vocal Coach, Elaine Overholt.

On this note, I have to state that Diana's instruction and treatment is entirely unique.

I thought that a quick followup to your original report could help singers or speakers focus on Diana's technique and successes; and therefore, it might help round out your previous report.
Happy to speak to you and give you further insight."

- Mary Ellen Stoll | Brockville, Ontario |


I can only add that once the voice/vocal student is being taught the right application (technique) of the speaking/singing voice, no “close relationship” with any ENT doctor, or speech therapist/pathologist for that matter, will need to take place.

Yes, of course, I agree that it is still a big demand on a singers’ voices; but being well and properly trained, they should not be thrown off of their performing careers and “off of their vocal shoes” so to speak.

In this instance, being a big fan of figure skating (nevertheless skating semi-professionally myself for over a decade), I can add that this sport is very much prone to serious injuries. However, well-trained skaters like our dance "Royal pair" Tessa Virtue &  Scott Moir, never had been injured as they always assured they obtained the best training from, nevertheless, the best world-class trainers.

For 21 years, since they were kids (7 and 9 years old), they have been together, taking care of each other, loving themselves, loving and respecting the audience and loving (more then life) their craft. We will soon witness them at the Olympic Games in South Korea and quite possible will see them the last time as Canadian competitors.

In this instance, they will be greatly missed by a big sport and, nevertheless, by me.

On a separate, but quite related note, a few years ago, one of my former voice repair clients who, after the voice restoration, became my singing student, and whom I made a professional singer  (signed with INTERSCOPE Records in LA), said exactly this: “Thank you Diana for putting me back into my vocal shoes”.

From my point of view, it is needless to say more then what has already been said.

Love your voice and love yourself!
And please remember, that your voice is a part of your anatomy and is an essential part of you! 

Now, my dear reader, given the above-written, I would like to ask you for a favour…

Please do not EVER ask me if your damaged voice can be fixed remotely…? Please do not insult your (or my) intelligence for that matter! Maybe in the 22nd century, you will be able to send your voice via e-mail to a repair shop, get it repaired and have it sent back to you… so you can download it back into your vocal anatomy… LOL. 

Wouldn’t that be nice? Yes, it would be..perhaps. But would it EVER be realistic…?
I highly doubt it. 

So, on this note, I suggest, if needed, that you read more of my actual blogs which highlight my unique and holistic approach to voice mechanics and to the person as a whole.

Thank you for reading.

Diana Yampolsky

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Communication Difficulties and Treatment for Post-Stroke Survivors.

Written by 
Tushar Shukla of

One in three stroke survivors can experience difficulties in communication. Even after an extended time period of post-stroke, survivors can achieve major breakthroughs in communication with regards to the improvement of quality of life and the quality of their voice. This can be done with the use of intensive and alternative forms of speech therapy. Difficulties that arise due to a stroke affect everyone in different ways.

Here are some major points that you need to know:

After a stroke, you may have difficulty in speaking, it may also be difficult to understand others when they speak.

Reading and writing may be difficult.

Your alternative speech therapist will work with you to develop a rehabilitation program. They can also suggest ways of  how to communicate more easily, and aids that can help. 

Types of voice difficulties post stroke

Aphasia: Difficulty in talking, reading, or understanding other people when they speak. It can happen if your thinking, memory, and judgment are unaffected by a stroke. This can also be called dysphasia.

Apraxia: Difficulty in coordinating with muscles for speech. Your brain has trouble planning the moments, making it difficult to say the words. 

Dystharia: Weakness or paralysis of the muscles used after speaking. Your speech may become slurred or difficult for others to understand. 

Dysphonia: Weakness or paralysis in the muscles in and around the vocal cords. Your voice may sound rough, hoarse or whisper-quiet. There are also chances that you can't make any sound at all. This situation can be known as aphonia.

Cognitive difficulties: When you have difficulties, your memory, thinking, and judgment are affected. It may be difficult to pay attention when people talk to you. You may find difficulties in speaking or understanding any complex sentences. People may misunderstand the message you are trying to convey.


Communication difficulties affect everyone differently. An alternative voice specialist will assess your talking, listening, reading, writing, and understanding. After all these assessments, they will work with you to develop an individualized rehabilitation program to meet your needs and goals. They can suggest you ways to communicate more easily and suggest aids that can assist you. You will be advised on how to work on making sounds and improving the rhythm and speed of your speech as well. 


While most recovery takes place in the first few months, you can continue to improve for few years. After you leave the hospital, you can visit a rehabilitation centre to practice your communication. The more you practice, the more you will improve. 

Communication difficulties after a stroke can make it hard to connect with the people around you, It can be difficult to communicate how you are feeling. Communication difficulties can be isolating and frustrating and people with the above mentioned difficulties are at more risk of depression than other stroke survivors.

With the above described in mind, we at The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair offer a unique and powerful method that facilitates the restoration of the voice by utilizing both proper masterclass voice/vocal instruction and the application of natural herbal remedies. We have great success in non-surgical treatments for post-stroke survivors and many other factors that can cause voice/vocal disorders.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Surgical and Non-Surgical Care for various Voice Disorders...?


Can any voice/vocal disorder be treated non-surgically?

Conversely..., can any voice/vocal disorder be treated surgically?

To kick things off, let's find out the answer(s) for the above!

Let the controversy begin!!!

My answer(s) and point of view was inspired by an article from The Guardian Newspaper, titled "Why do stars like Adele keep losing their voice?" (here is a link to that article

A few months ago, this article (mentioned in the link) was brought to my attention by two of my clients.

Both found similarities in the content of the article above with what I have been teaching them as well as with the content of my two websites.

For the last 34 years, I have owned an international professional vocal school in Toronto, Canada. My vocal school is a division of a non-surgical voice repair institute

The Vocal Science™ method, which I originated, is a vocal revolution that consists of a very unique and holistic approach to voice mechanics and the person as a whole. It has been taught and delivered to thousands of students and voice repair clients since 1984 when The Royans Professional Vocal School was founded; and shortly after became a part of The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair. The Vocal Science™ method was officially trademarked with the Government of Canada in 2002.

One of my websites ( has been in existence for over 20 years. And my second website ( has been in existence for at least a decade now.

Both women in the article who are talking about voice repair without surgery are, for the most part, saying the same thing what I have been saying for almost three and a half decades.

They also stated that: “For more than a decade, they have been pushing for a revolution in the way that almost every modern performer has been taught to use their voice. After years of painstaking research in musical archives, early scientific journals and the classroom, Brilla and Paglin say they can deliver what medical science has failed to: a permanent fix for vocal burnout.”

One of those women’s main ‘claim to fame’ is that they suggest that any vocal disorder can be treated without surgery.

In my opinion, it is absolutely not true and cannot be true.

For example, Adele herself had a very complicated, bleeding polyp when she lost her voice the first time. It required a very high-risk medical intervention—a ‘vocal cord microsurgery’. 

I would state that it could’ve been prevented with the proper application of speaking and singing techniques. However, with the lack thereof, undergoing such surgery, in Adele’s case, was an absolute must.

Since the previously mentioned surgery for Adele had to take place, certain post-surgical care should have been immediately administered via, first and foremost, specially designed and advocated speech and singing exercises which, in turn, would be directly applicable to Adele’s style of singing. The latter would have been very instrumental and, no doubt, would have played a major role in her voice/vocal recovery. Furthermore, if Adele had acquired the aforementioned proper technique, the second vocal injury, which recently occurred, would have never taken place.

On the contrary, vocal disorders like acid reflux, muscle tension dysphonia, or spasmodic dysphonia should not be addressed surgically. However, recently, spasmodic dysphonia patients have been offered some surgical interventions… Nevertheless, the outcomes of those suggested vocal operations are definitely not very desirable ones.

Nevertheless, in my opinion, those aforementioned voice/vocal issues should be treated non-surgically and, most importantly, holistically—i.e., via certain voice/vocal technique coupled with herbal and, when needed, some homeopathic remedies as well.

Thank you for reading.

I hope that my feedback can shed some more light to readers on surgical and non-surgical voice repair matters.

Diana Yampolsky B.M. Ed.
World Renowned Voice Repair Specialist,
Specializing in Extreme Voice Disorder Cases and

Alternative and Holistic Methods concerning Voice Mechanics

Monday, January 8, 2018

Whole Lotta Fakin’ (And Shakin’ too) Going On…

"Does It Smell In Here? A look at the current state of the speaking, coaching and consulting industry." by Larry Winget and Randy Pennington: (Click HERE to see the article.)
- Our article is inspired by the one above -

I have been consulting, teaching, coaching and repairing voices close to four decades now.

All previous years, being true to my cause, I kept saying to people that I did not think that I had any competition with respect of what I have been doing for many years… At least, that’s what I thought at the time. I knew that I was producing unprecedented results with respect to the voice work; and to my knowledge, nobody at all (of those who had similar claims of success) could live up to my level of results, expertise and experience.

Then came the internet… and now it is in full bloom!

All of a sudden, everybody is a voice/vocal coach  and even a voice repair specialist…?

A lot of them, I have never heard about before.  But those who I did hear about, primarily were self-made with no former education and, quite certainly, with no music education whatsoever. Some of them literally did not know (and STILL DON”T) where the middle “C” was located on the keyboard!  They’ve called themselves singers, performers and composers…? And they STILL do not know any music notation of any sort!

Obviously, the internet gives them the opportunity to call themselves the “greatest” (just like The Russian Czar - Peter The Great. LOL), and act as if they are…! Why not, if nobody ever asked them to confirm even their high-school education, let alone their music education…? So now, in my profession, those self-righteous so called vocal coaches (and so-called vocal specialists for that matter) begun to work on people’s vocal anatomy…? 

How scary is that??

It is very scary indeed, especially for their clients whom, nevertheless, not only they’ve been charging quite a bit of money for their (in a manor of speaking) incompetence; not only they have not produced anything tangible with respect to promised results, but in the interim, they, as a side effect, had also ruined their vocal anatomy!

I had a case where the young girl came to me with obvious singing voice problems. She told me the story that, on her own and without any vocal training (obviously possessing some talent), she ended up getting signed to a major record label; and thus realizing her lifelong dream. The record label addressed her to one of Toronto’s well-known vocal coaches who had managed to ruin her voice exponentially, with very little hope of its restoration. Since she could not perform anymore (or even record for that matter), she got dropped from the roaster of such label. She was so distraught that she could not even collect herself together enough to embark onto the voice repair sessions with me and decided to drop her prospective singing career all together and to get married and raise a family instead.

Now it gets even worse, as people are bombarded with a lot of useful and mostly non-useful/false information via the internet.  A lot of them, unfortunately, are looking for instant gratification; and only after not finding what they were looking for, they begin to finally look for something real. And even then, they are not always successful, as a lot of so-called “professionals” build their false reputation by using false names with whom they “supposedly” were working with, or some big names who they had met in passing and, at best, had brief sessions with them “perfecting” a couple of notes; and then bragging about their known (and somewhat known) clients, as if they played an instrumental role in their success…!

Now let’s talk about people with voice problems…

One of the most nasty voice/vocal disorders is what’s called Spasmodic Dysphonia. Believe it or not my reader, there are “voice practitioners” and “specialists” who actually have that very disorder themselves, but have been claiming that they can treat (or even cure) it successfully. And what never ceases to amaze me, that the sufferers actually believe the fact that if the “specialists” having the voice/vocal disorder(s) themselves, they would know how to treat those disorders…?

Go figure!!

Those specialists claim that they were worse before (still obviously suffering from it), but they had gotten “better”. And thus, they could treat the voice disorder like Spasmodic Dysphonia and even cure others from it! Mind Boggling!!  

Needless to say, (to date) servicing an estimated, over 20,000 people throughout my career, I have seen a lot of frustrated speakers, singers and just regular people with various voice/vocal problems. Was I their(s) first choice? In majority of cases, I, unfortunately for them, was not.

My, so-called “competition” have had much better marketing skills and resources while I had been busy creating the Vocal Science™ method and technique, to be able to coach, and (even more importantly) fix the voices and even the lives of voice/vocal disorder sufferers. I saved numerous people from vocal operations and returned them back to their regular and improved lives and their everyday careers.

Those who’ve lost their singing careers were able to “get back into their vocal shoes” - as one of our former singing voice repair client’s stated in her testimonial.

Please also check out the testimonials by various voice repair clients below…

The above listed are our former and present clients -  just to name a few.

So the proof is “in the pudding”, so to speak.

I hope that you, my readers, have been enjoying reading both articles; and therefore, on this premise, you will become even more-so selective with respect to whom you can trust your voice, your career and ultimately…your life.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Vocal cord paralysis - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment!

- Written by Dante Jetson -

Vocal cord paralysis have many causes and can impact speaking, breathing and swallowing. Usually, the right vocal cord is affected twice as often as the left, and females are affected more often than males. Diagnosis for this voice/vocal problem (speech or singing) can be identified by ear via an alternative voice specialist or by special examination via an ENT specialist.

About vocal fold paralysis

Vocal folds are located within the larynx, or voice box. While we talk, air moves from the lungs through the vocal folds to the mouth. And by the vibration of the vocal folds, the sound is produced. Anything that makes it harder for the vocal folds to move can cause voice-related problems. Vocal paralysis is also known as vocal paresis. This phenomenon happens when one or both of the vocal cords are not able to move or vibrate. The above can also cause swallowing and/or breathing problems. 

Symptoms of vocal fold paralysis

Most cases of vocal fold paralysis involve just one cord being paralyzed. However, sometimes both are affected. The potential signs and symptoms of this condition may include:


A risk factor is something which increases the likelihood of the developing a condition or disease. Like, obesity significantly raises the risk of developing diabetes type 2. The following factors may raise the chances of developing vocal fold paresis.

Gender: Females usually have a higher risk than males developing the above described condition.

Surgery - especially throat or chest surgery: Breathing tubes used in surgery may damage your vocal cord nerves. Throat cancer survivors may also experience vocal paralysis. Other causes of vocal fold paralysis include viral infections and physical and/or emotional trauma.  Sometimes the cause cannot be determined.

Injury to the chest or neck: Physical trauma may damage the nerve that is in charge of control over the vocal cord(s) or the larynx.

Stroke: The part of the brain that sends messages to the larynx may be damaged by a stroke.

Treatment of vocal cord paralysis.

The treatment available for vocal cord paralysis depends on several factors, including what caused it, how severe the symptoms are, and how long they have been present. Usually, in any case, the patient is recommended to undergo voice therapy or surgery or both.

Voice Therapy: Voice therapy is more similar to physical therapy for large muscle paralysis. The  alternative voice specialist may offer some specific exercises and habitual changes to strengthen the vocal cords and improve breath control while speaking.

The alternative and holistic voice specialist will also use natural herbal and some homeopathic remedies to aid the voice condition.

Surgery: If the patient does not recover completely with voice therapy, the doctor may recommend surgical intervention. However, it would be wise to embark upon post-surgery care in order to prevent such an occurrence from happening ever again.

The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair offers alternative voice therapy instructions and treatments that are optimal for individuals with voice disorders. The long-term goal of the above mentioned voice therapy program is to help you attain the best possible voice, as well as to compensate as much as possible for the underlying physical problem which cannot always be completely cured.
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