Voice Clinic

VocaLab Voice Clinic in North Adelaide provides voice therapy and rehabilitation
services for people with voice disorders and voice difficulties, with a special interest in singers, professional voice users and transgender voice training and care.

VocaLab is run by Elle Nichelle who is Speech Pathologist, Singing Voice Specialist and LSVT LOUD certified clinician. You can read more about Elle here.

VocaLab’s goal is to not only rehabilitate your voice but also teach you how to monitor it and provide you with strategies to prevent the problem from returning, leaving you with a voiceyou trust and love.

What is a Voice Disorder?

Voice is produced by the interplay between 3 components: breathing, vocal fold vibration and resonance. Air moves from the lungs which helps the vocal folds vibrate and make sound. This sound is then sculpted by the vocal tract (throat, mouth and nasal passages) to create our desired resonant sound quality.

A voice disorder can be caused by a breakdown of a singular component or combination of the above 3 components.

Symptoms of a voice disorder can include:

  • hoarseness
  • roughness
  • breathiness
  • consistent voice loss
  • strained voice
  • weak voice
  • vocal fatigue
  • throat pain when speaking
  • pitch instability

There are many possible causes of the above symptoms, which may include:

  • Vocal nodules, polyps or cysts
  • Vocal fold haemorrhage
  • Muscle Tension Dysphonia
  • Spasmodic dysphonia
  • Vocal fold paralysis
  • Laryngitis
  • Reflux
  • Parkinson’s disease and other
  • neurologic disorders
  • Laryngeal cancer

Alongside voice therapy at VocaLab, an evaluation of your vocal folds by an ENT (Ear Nose and Throat specialist) is highly encouraged for a professional voice user, to document the functioning of your vocal folds and to rule out any deviant vocal pathology. An ENT evaluation can be organised through your GP. VocaLab will provide a referral and report of your voice assessment after your first consult with VocaLab.

For Singers & Professional Voice Users

VocaLab offers a specialised service for singers & professional voice users (eg actors, teachers, lawyers) who rely their voice for their livelihood.

VocaLab provides therapy and ongoing assessment for the voice behaviours that commonly cause the symptoms listed below:

  • Raspy, hoarse, rough or weak
  • Deviant laryngeal pathology (nodules, polyp, scar, etc.)
  • Vocal fatigue
  • Vocal fold hemorrhage
  • Laryngeal muscle strain or stiffness
  • Chronic cough, tickle or feeling of constant phlegm or lump in the throat
  • Pain when singing/speaking
  • Difficulty controlling pitch
  • Loss of power

For Transgender clients

The voice can be an important part of gender affirmation for trans and gender diverse people.

Voice therapy/training can help change or expand your vocal register and range. This is sometimes called ‘masculinising’ or ‘feminising’ one’s voice. Please note these terms are used to describe directional voice changes, and not genders or gendered states. It also helps you to use your voice comfortably and sustainably.

Our voice is made up mostly of muscles. This means we can strengthen, stretch, and train them to achieve our desired sound. VocaLab voice training works to reach your voice goals by establishing functional and sustainable:

  • pitch
  • articulation
  • voice quality
  • inflection
  • tone
  • style

Accessibility to Voice Therapy

If you are accessing an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan with your GP, you can access up to five Medicare rebated speech therapy sessions per calendar year, which includes a $52.95 rebate back from Medicare per session.

To book a consultation with VocaLab or to speak to our friendly staff about what you might need, click the booking button below.