The Voice and Speech Lab
Staffed and equipped for comprehensive diagnosis and therapy, the Voice and Speech Laboratory at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is dedicated to people who need help with voice and speech issues.
One of only a few facilities in the world devoted full-time to the voice, the Laboratory staff includes seven speech-language pathologists with national certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The Laboratory’s therapists are all highly experienced, some with over 20 years in voice-specific therapy.
Dedicated to voice and speech
Mass. Eye and Ear’s Voice and Speech Laboratory is an unusual resource in the world of speech-language therapy. In the typical health care setting, speech therapists have wide-ranging responsibilities outside voice work, including swallowing disorders, lisp correction, choking, stroke recovery and others. The Laboratory is fully dedicated solely to problems of the voice.
The Laboratory is specially equipped to restore the voice in patients that have lost the voice box to cancer – offering assistive equipment and specialized therapy to retrain patients to speak without vocal cords.
The staff is also uniquely qualified to manage problems of the professional voice – for singers, actors, announcers, attorneys, teachers and others. Each year, as many as 40 percent of the patients seen in the Laboratory depend on their voice for their livelihood, traveling to Mass. Eye and Ear from all over the world. A number of the speech pathologists at the Laboratory are also performers, with intimate understanding of the professional’s needs.
The Laboratory works in conjunction with the major performance art colleges in the Boston area, including Berklee School of Music and the New England Conservatory – providing lecture topics and voice treatment support for teachers and students in the performing arts. The Laboratory even has its own music studio and also uses the Mass. Eye and Ear auditorium in the course of treating performers.
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