Adele and Mayim Bialik on Voice Rest

Adele, the internationally known singer from England, and Dr. Mayim Bialik, who plays Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS's The Big Bang Theory, are both on vocal rest due to possible vocal cord damage.  

USA Today reports that Adele has canceled the two remaining shows on her world tour.  On June 30th, Adele took to Twitter to announce that she was canceling her shows at the recommendations of her medical staff.  Adele states "I went to see my throat doctor this evening because my voice didn't open up at all today and it turns out I have damaged my vocal cords.  And on medical advice I simply am unable to perform over the weekend."  Rolling Stone reports that Adele had included a handwritten note into the programs for her final four shows in Wembley Stadium stating that she may not tour again.  Adele had performed 121 shows in 15 months.  

Mayim Bialik announced her voice rest via Twitter as well.  Without a voice, Mayim was able to still communicate using an ASL translator in her latest Vlog.  Mayim speaks on the journey of losing her voice, relating it to her father's passing, and building a voiceless but not silent new life.  In March, Deadline reported that the Big Bang Theory was renewed season 11 and 12.  

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recommends voice therapy for hoarseness stating "Voice therapy is the first line of treatment for vocal fold lesions like vocal nodules, polyps, or cysts."  

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has the following tips for preventative voice care:

  • Drink Plenty of Water to stay hydrated and limit alcohol or caffeine
  • Avoid smoking and second hand smoke
  • Get enough rest and and exercise regularly
  • Avoid using the extremes of your voice such as whispering or yelling