TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – For many, their voice is their livelihood. But what happens when something goes wrong?
Cara Bryan heads up South Tampa Voice Therapy and helps people get their voices back in hopes of avoiding surgery. She and her team use a variety of techniques to help people and more importantly, she has the equipment to properly diagnose what’s wrong to fine-tune treatments for each individual.
“The rule of thumb is a hoarse voice longer than two weeks is not normal, and you need a medical physician to check you out,” said Bryan
For the owner of AlliSongs For Tots her voice is her livelihood.
“I sing for approximately four to five hours and I have to take care of my instrument,” said Allison Wilkins.
She runs the music program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers in Tampa’s Hyde Park. Wilkins says she practices techniques she learned from Cara Bryan before, during and after classes.
“Some of the techniques like straw phonation… has literally saved my voice,” Bryan said. “Before every class, I do five minutes of vocal warm-ups, after classes and in between, I warm up my instrument. It has really helped so much.”
Bryan works with Ear, Nose and Throat doctors who refer patients in hopes of helping them avoid surgery.