Hi mushi: I'm in a very similar situation to the one you were in when you posted this message. I am wondering whether over the last year you have had any success in either figuring out exactly what's going on, and/or how to fix it or at least find some relief. Any thoughts would be highly appreciated. Best of luck, PeterView Thread
Hi LincolnH-- I just posted at the bottom of the discussion describing my condition (similar to all who have written so far) but wanted to contact you specifically because I am an aspiring voice actor and wanted to hear whether you were finding ways of making it "work" with this condition (editing software, etc.) I'd be very interested/grateful to trade experiences with you. Feel free to email me at deadanddying at hotmail, if you want to have a private conversation. Best of luck, PeterView Thread
AUUGHH! Dear all who are still following this discussion-- It's very relieving to hear that I'm not the only one with this sort of problem--- though also rather frustrating that most of you all have also had no luck with diagnosing it.
Like some of you, my clicking happens usually at the end of breaths or phrases when my soft palate relaxes. However, nearly every open-mouthed sound will cause it (not just 'k','p','t', etc) and it occasionally happens in the middle of the phrase-- and it's audible to others, so I wouldn't need to hold it against myself to record it, I could just speak into a mic. This is bad for me because--like LincolnH-- I am an aspiring voice actor, and I'm afraid this will spell doom for my career. (LincolnH, would you be up for a private conversation about this?) It feels/sounds like it's in the back of the throat, sometimes on the right side, the left, or both, sometimes in single clicks, sometimes in groups of 2-3 per 'phrase'.
Like some of you, the problem (mostly) goes away when lying down. I've also found out that if I'm hunched over forwards, while sitting cross legged, it also goes away. I'm also experimenting with other positions that seem to reduce the clicking (I'll keep you posted.)
I don't have any pain or previous injury or condition. I've consulted 2 voice coaches and an ENT, to no avail. Nothing I've tried works! (Ladymint: the nose trick didn't work for me, unfortunately.) And yes, like some of you, I'm feeling self-conscious and don't feel like talking much anymore.
Let's keep the discussion going, shall we? Cheers, (click) Peter (click)View Thread
Hello: I have loud/audible clicks coming from one or both sides of my my throat when speaking or breathing through my mouth. It appears to happen when my soft palate relaxes at the end of a breath or phrase (though occasionally it happens at the start or in the middle). It's greatly reduced or absent when lying on my back or very hunched over, or if I hold my jaw out to keep throat open; there are no clicks when swallowing or sleeping (I tend to breathe through my nose.) No pain, no previous injury, not on meds, don't smoke.
Not a major health concern, but definitely a severe annoyance, and I'm an aspiring voice actor, so this could fatally limit my career. I've consulted 2 voice coaches, 1 ENT, and lots of peers; none have had any idea what's going on or what to recommend.
The closest condition I've found in my own research is "essential palatal myoclonus", but it seems most of the time-- though not always(?)-- this tends to be regular/rhythmic and totally uncontrollable; I can "control" my clicks to a certain extent, just not during normal conversation in normal positions.
If anyone has any suggestions for what this might be or how to stop or mitigate it-- or just any personal experiences to share-- I'd be eternally grateful. Thanks, Peter View Thread