There are two aspects of the voice that we focus on: Voice Health and Vocal Freedom. Voice Health has to do with efficient and non-harmful vocal technique, while Vocal Freedom is about exploring your own vocal instrument in order for it to perform better.
Voice Health: Your Voice Matters
Two words become especially important here- Prevention and Restoration. These two words are applicable to two groups of people, one group with voice difficulties and one without.
Restoration of voice
If you currently have voice difficulties - for example, a recent change in voice, hoarseness lasting longer than 2 weeks, vocal fatigue and decreasing voice projection, you may have what is known as dysphonia- a voice disorder.
Treatment for dysphonia varies, depending on the severity and nature of the voice problem. Often, it's necessary to see a ENT (Ear-nose-throat) Specialist to take a look at the vocal folds to rule out any growths. Very often though, it is crucial to see a speech/voice therapist to either prevent any maladaptive voice problems, or to unload the voice box in the event that has already developed.
Preventing voice disorders
On the other end are people who do not currently have voice difficulties, but who may be at risk of developing voice disorders. These include professional and occupational voice users who depend on their voices to make a living. Examples are teachers, singers, actors, salespersons, auctioneers, front-line staff, call centre officers. Basically, anyone whose work or lifestyle tends to require high intensity, and high volume voice use are at risk.