What is it?
Vocal Fry is a groaning type sound that has recently been noticed by the medical/ speech therapy community. It may be the consequence of a real burn out within the physical body that is manifesting itself in the voice of some young women. Sure, not everyone has this vocal tendency that is experiencing stress, but not all people manifest imbalance in the same way. Anyway, their is medical research around this vocal tendency, so if science is important to giving something validity… Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC medical correspondent [link here].
The vocal quality, recently deemed as Voice Fry, has a groaning texture. Here is another [link] to the seemingly silly story that held specific meaning to me [Huffington Post]. The diagnosis of patients with the practitioners five senses is one facet of Traditional Asian Medicine, Ayurveda, Tibetan Medicine and all other forms of healing.
The vocal diagnosis that I learned observes that groaning sound as a kidney/ adrenal/ bladder imbalance. Voice Fry, according to the story I saw, seems to be showing up in the voices of late teens, college age women and those in their twenties. In other words, in people who are showing signs of being burned out at a very early age.
A story that the majority of western medicine scoffs at made sense to me. This is due to my training and observation of many clients. Hearing the other specific vocal tendencies that connect to the other organs in the body help diagnose a persons strengths and weaknesses. I presently do no not have a link for this information, but the book “Between Heaven and Earth” [Beinfield /Korngold] is one resource for insights into Traditional Asian diagnosis.
Some knowledge of Traditional Asian Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine would help make some of what I am saying much more plausible. Also, research into the general health or lack of health of our, in this case female, youth. Depression, reproductive organ problems, the general weakening of the immune system, eating disorders are some of the common ills that plague young women.
Television commercials for over the counter and prescribed medicine can give many insights into the minds and bodies of our population. I think it is really important to question what is called “normal” today. Medical “normal”, in my opinion, is not vibrant health. Any medical diagnosis, whether symptomatic or more serious, needs to lead to further research on the part of the patient. This is especially true when a diagnosis is called normal.