April 16 is a memorable day to many because it signifies that tax returns are due, but it is also important because it is World Voice Day - a day to raise public awareness about the importance of the voice and the need for preventive care.
With vocal demands on the rise on the job and at play, this year's World Voice Day slogan is "Don't Tax Your Voice," inspired by the infamous tax return deadline.
"We take the health of our voice for granted until there is a problem," says Michael Johns, III, MD, director of the Emory Voice Center at Emory Crawford Long Hospital. "In a society so dependent on verbal communications, especially with the constant use of cell phones, a person's career, livelihood, hobby and social life can all depend upon a reliable voice. World Voice Day is a good time to raise voice awareness and awareness of the need of research in this growing field."
With the importance of the advances in this area, the Emory Voice Center is hosting its first annual research benefit for voice disorders on Saturday, April 14 at the Carter Center. The evening features a series of local performers and speakers. The details are as follows:
World Voice Day
First Annual Research Benefit for Voice Disorders
Saturday, April 14
6 p.m. reception - heavy hors d'oeuvres
7 p.m. - speakers/performers
The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307
Sharing their voices:
- The Reverend Joseph Lowery
- Members of the Atlanta Opera
- Hip-hop artist Speech of Arrested Development
- Panache of the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus
How: Tickets: $125 (Emory employees and patients admitted two for the price of one). RSVP by April 9 by calling 404-778-7777
"With an increase demand in voice use, the need to maximize vocal health and minimize voice misuse and overuse is growing paramount," says Dr. Johns.
So as you rush your federal tax return to the post office on April 16, remember "Don't Tax Your Voice" on your drive there or while standing in line. It's World Voice Day.
Dr. Johns offers voice tips: Drink plenty of water to keep your vocal cords lubricated, warm up your voice before heavy voice use, use a microphone when giving a presentation or speech to lessen the strain on your voice and schedule periods of the day with no talking to allow the voice to rest.
The Emory Voice Center is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders, offering the latest innovations in voice therapies and effective management options for all conditions which afflict the voice. Located at Emory Crawford Long Hospital in Midtown, our multidisciplinary staff includes physicians that specialize in laryngology, licensed speech language pathologists and singing voice specialists.