I had a speech therapy appointment today and it looks like much of my residual issue is due to Muscular Tension Dysphonia (MTD) in which the wrong muscles are being used (or the right muscles used incorrectly) to produce the voice.

While suffering from whooping cough my throat muscles were placed under considerable strain and the body tried to protect itself to prevent further damage. The problem is, once this goes on for a while it becomes habitual meaning the body doesn't revert to normal behaviour when the threat goes away.

I, therefore, have a whole new set of vocal exercises (from making aeroplane sounds to blowing bubbles in a cup of water) designed to strengthen the voice and reposition it, to make it less reliant on the incorrect throat muscles, more projected and forwards.

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