Have Voice Problems? Get to Know Dr. VyVy Young

As the new Director of Laryngology at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. VyVy N. Young has been instrumental in expanding the number of services UMMC offers to patients who are experiencing a wide array of voice-related problems and disorders.

Dr. Young offers a variety of treatment options for our patients who have been diagnosed with benign vocal lesions, chronic hoarseness, paradoxical vocal fold disorder, spasmodic dysphonia and vocal fold paralysis. She also offers an extensive variety of professional voice care options for patients who rely heavily on their voices in their daily lives.

Dr. Young specializes in office-based laryngeal surgery, allowing our patients to have many of their procedures performed in the comfort of an office setting at a time most convenient for their busy schedules.

If you or someone you know is concerned about voice-related condition or problem, we encourage you to visit the Division of Laryngology Web site to find out more about Dr. Young and the services she and her team can offer.

How to Keep Your Voice Safe During Super Bowl Weekend

By VyVy Young

UMMC Director of Laryngology

Here are some tips to keep your voice safe as you cheer for your most favorite Super Bowl team … or against your least favorite Super Bowl team!

Stay Well Hydrated

  • This keeps the vocal cords well lubricated for vibration, which occurs hundreds of times per second as we speak (or cheer, or yell).
  • Caffeine and alcohol have dehydrating effects, so drink extra water to compensate for this.

Give it a Rest

  • Even brief periods of not talking (ex: commercial breaks!) can help restore the voice.

Volume Control

  • Trying to talk above the surrounding environmental noise can strain your voice.
  • Lean in closer to the person you’re talking to, so that you don’t have to work so hard to be heard.
  • Step away into a quieter area to carry on longer conversations.

Stop Talking…

  • If your voice gets hoarse, or
  • If you experience a sudden change in voice.

When to Seek Evaluation by a Laryngologist (Voice Specialist):

  • For a sudden change in voice, or
  • Persistent hoarseness, because these are NOT normal!

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