From Andrea: This is the first time I’ve ever spoken about this online… or anywhere else, for that matter.
Because (a)it’s something most people know nothing about, (b)if you have never heard me speak before this, you wouldn’t know the difference that I hear on a moment-by-moment basis and lastly… (c)because it effects me at every level of my life… in other words, self-confidence, self-image and is in a word… embarrassing.
That last bit is the reason I felt it so important to actually (finally) do this video. I’ve thought about for a long while and even recorded a few things… but never posted them.
If something is so embarrassing that I cannot even speak of it, and yet am reminded of it every time I speak! Than it’s time to talk about it.
For some odd reason, I thought that because I had the power to edit our videos any way I chose, that I could make sure-sure that the vocal issues I struggle with could be minimized so as not to be too intrusive.
That has not always been possible.
Some days we record what’s going on in our daily Trucking Life and my voice refuses to co-operate. This can turn into several days of nothing…
That’s not what I wanted for this channel. At the same time, I wanted interesting videos… honest… real. But I couldn’t be real if I kept pretending and cut out chunks of what was recorded because I didn’t like what my voice was up to that day.
It’s more than likely that I won’t post videos shot on bad vocal days. I don’t like listening to it, I think, who else would? And yet…
…I felt it important to make this video to talk about this issue.
Perhaps I am not alone in struggling with my voice. I’m quite sure I’m not, but don’t know anyone personally who deals with this on a daily basis.
So, here it is. The Challenge of Dysphonia of one person… who happens to drive a truck… as a husband/wife driving team.
I hope you find something useful in this video. And if you do know someone, or yourself struggle with any form of Dysphonia, please post a comment and tell me about it. I would like to hear…
Keep your shiny side UP!
- Dysphonia is the medical term for disorders of the voice: an impairment in the ability to produce voice sounds using the vocal organs (it is distinct from dysarthria which signifies dysfunction in the muscles needed to produce speech). Thus, dysphonia is a phonation disorder.
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