In these conditions the vocal cords and larynx are working normally, but there are articulation or rhythm problems mainly with the tongue and/or soft palate which result in an indistinct voice. These medical problems vary from a simple tongue tie, to neurological disorders of the tongue and pharynx such as cerebrovascular disease and motor neurone disease, or a stammer. Some genetic females are born with certain male characteristics and vice versa. In some of these individuals there may be desire to higher or lower their basic voice pitch therefore as part of a gender re-assignment programme.
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Dr Gerald Brookes is regularly consulted by the media for his expertise. He has been interviewed by the Daily Mail, featured on Channel 4's Embarassing Bodies, looked after The X-Factor contestants and recently, appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans.
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Adele was experiencing dizziness and balance problems so severe that she could barely function. In desperation, after consulting her GP to no avail, she got in touch with Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies team. The show then contacted Dr Gerald Brookes, who was able to diagnose her rare condition as Basilar Migraine.
Catherine Eade was having dizzy spells and balance problems. When inexplicably she started suffering memory loss too, she consulted Dr Gerald Brookes at The Harley Street ENT Clinic who correctly diagnosed her problem as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
The Harley Street ENT Clinic looked after The X-Factor TV show contestants for many seasons. At the end of the 2010 season, Dr Gerald Brookes was interviewed by Nicky Broyd of Boots WebMD on the perils of high pressure performing.