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New voice lab and vocology clinic offers open house Oct. 15

A voice laboratory and vocology clinic will soon be fully functional at Lamar University and ready to provide vocal habilitation.

The Open House is scheduled for Oct. 15, from 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lamar Speech and Hearing Clinic, 121 Rolfe Christopher Drive.

The new clinic is a part of the Department of Speech and Hearing Science.

“The concept of voice clinic is not new,” said Nandhu Radhakrishnan, assistant professor of communication science and disorders. “However, there are only a few clinics in the nation that have such an array of equipment dedicated to study vocology.”

Nothing can surpass the ability of the voice to convey expression. A healthy voice is critical for an individual's professional and personal wellbeing, Radhakrishnan said.

People using their voice for their daily living, such as singers, speakers or teachers, often seek help for vocal fatigue, anxiety, throat tension or pain at some point in their careers. Talking improperly for long periods of time causes stress on the speech organs. When vocal injury occurs, a specialist may be able to provide help, but the best treatment is always the prevention of injuries through good vocal production.

Likewise, the transgender population can experience stresses on the voice. “As speech pathologists, it will be our goal to aid and make the transition easier,” said Radhakrishnan.

The enhancement of this clinic should reach public and professionals who deal with voice issues. For more information about the clinic, call (409) 880-8171.