Where We Live: Losing Your Voice

John Mayer and Adele have had to cancel shows lately because of vocal problems

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John Mayer, Adele and Keith Urban have all had to cancel shows in past months because of vocal problems.

But pop singers aren’t the only ones who find their careers in jeopardy because they’ve lost their voice.

Our NPR colleague Diane Rehm has struggled for years with a condition called “spasmodic dysphonia” - which causes spasms in the vocal cords.

It’s a condition very similar to the one that knocked me off the air for nearly a year in the late 1990s.

You also might have recently heard NPR Science Reporter Richard Harris on air - sounding completely different.  Harris has been blogging about his experience with unilateral vocal fold paralysis.

The head of the Voice and Speech Clinic at UConn, will talk about how he diagnoses and treats voice disorders – and we’ll talk to a woman who received one of the first-ever “voice box transplants.”