Frequently Asked Question: Frequently Asked Question: a number of frequently asked questions are answered below.
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What is voice therapy?
Voice therapy aims to improve the voice. Depending on the kind of 'improvement' one aims at, we can make a split. When we want to improve a normal voice (a non-pathological voice), we speak of voice training. The focus is on optimizing, improving and developing a voice for professional purposes. Improving a pathological voice, on the other hand, is categorized under voice therapy. An attempt will be made to heal the pathological condition or to look for compensation strategies. During voice training and voice therapy, the therapist will modify the voice through exercises and learning techniques.
What is a voice disorder?
There are an awful lot of different definitions of a voice disorder. First of all, we prefer to speak of a voice problem rather than a voice disorder. Why is it a voice disorder? A voice problem refers more to the problem the client experiences and why the client wants to follow voice therapy in the first place. The client's request for help is always central and determines the content of the therapy. So we mainly speak of a voice problem when the client experiences it as such. Or as formulated by Roy et al. 2004: "...Any time the voice does not work, perform or sound as it normally should, so that it interferes with communication or anytime you experience foreign sensations in your throat, such as effort or soreness, during or immediately after speaking".
What can voice therapy do for me?
Voice therapy can mean something different to everyone. Did the doctor refer you to a speech therapist because of vocal cord lumps? Do you experience frequent vocal fatigue? Do you want to work on an articulation? Do you show abnormal oral habits such as nail biting or habitual mouth breathing? Does your current voice not fit your identity and are you looking for your own authentic voice? Do you want to be heard more at work? Would you like to record a podcast, but could you use some help to become the speaker you always wanted to be? Do you want to overcome your speaking anxiety?
This is only a fraction of the registration complaints we can guide you through. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any doubts whether voice therapy can do something for you. Book your introductory talk here.
Is voice therapy reimbursed ?
In Belgium, it is possible to obtain reimbursement for voice therapy after referral from an NTE doctor. You only qualify if we can prove in different ways that you experience a voice problem. If the conditions of the compulsory health insurance are not met, you can often turn to the supplementary insurance.
How does the refund application procedure work?
Make an appointment with your general practitioner or NTE-doctor: the doctor draws up a prescription for a speech therapy bilan.
Make an appointment with us: we take a voice survey and make a report
Make an appointment with an NTE-doctor: the doctor makes a prescription for speech therapy treatment
Start speech therapy! We will prepare your application form
How long does the treatment take?The treatment depends on the problem and your motivation. Our team will do everything they can to guide you as good as possible, but of course you still need to practice at home. Usually a lot of progress can be made in 10 sessions. A close cooperation with the NKO-doctor is very important. We strive to get back to the NKO-doctor after 3 months of therapy in order to have our therapy assessed objectively. Just like you, we want to get rid of your voice problem as soon as possible.
Do I need to be a professional voice user to follow voice therapy?
Professional voice users such as actors, singers, teachers,... are most often confronted with voice complaints. They are prone to voice problems as they use their voice intensively on a daily basis. However, they are by no means the only target group that can benefit from voice therapy. Every individual with a voice related request for help, is suitable to follow voice therapy.
What is the difference between voice therapy and voice coaching?
Voice therapy and vocal training both aim to improve the voice. Depending on the kind of 'improvement' one aims at, we can make a split. When we want to improve a normal voice (a non-pathological voice), we speak of voice training. The focus is on optimizing, improving and developing a voice for (professional) purposes. This can be in the form of individual coaching, but also in a training in which themes are offered such as 'speaking before an audience', 'voice care for teachers', 'digitalizing as a speech therapist', 'overcome your speaking anxiety' and 'record podcasts: become the speaker you always wanted to be'. We also offer online courses specifically aimed at certain target groups. The improvement or 'healing' of a pathological voice, on the other hand, is categorized under voice therapy. This section covers voice disorders with an organic or functional cause, voice in transgender and non-binary persons, articulation training and deviating oral habits.
How much does voice therapy cost and why is there a difference with voice coaching?
Voice therapy is guidance by a speech therapist/vocal therapist in the context of a functional or organic voice problem. This is determined by an acoustic and perceptual examination by the speech therapist and by a laryngostroboscopic examination by the NKO doctor. If a number of conditions are met, you may be eligible for reimbursement through your health insurance company.
Voice coaching is the optimization of voice, articulation, intonation and presentation techniques. This means that there is no medical or other demonstrable cause underlying a possible voice problem. No reimbursement is possible. Voice coaching is provided by Anouk and is always on invoice. To guide you even better, Anouk will be available for interim feedback and you will be added to an online learning platform. Because of all the extra efforts and intensive guidance, a difference will be made between voice coaching and voice therapy.
Does voice therapy work for transgender people?
It's true that everyone is born with their own voice, but that doesn't mean that this sound is unchanging. After all, the voice is a fantastically versatile instrument, maybe you just don't know how to play it yet. A speech therapist can therefore guide you in exploring your vocal possibilities. Professional guidance is of utmost importance, so you can reach your authentic voice in a safe and natural way that is not harmful to your vocal cords. The speech therapist will give you extensive tools to learn to use your voice in a way that makes you feel happy and confident. You can consider the speech therapist as a coach who will guide you in a safe and responsible way on your journey of discovery through your vocal possibilities. So you are in control!