If you’ve experienced an unexplained voice change that is not going away, it is time to consult an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician who specializes in voice disorders. The tissue of the vocal folds, also called “vocal cords”, sometimes becomes swollen or injured due to illness, heavy use, or exposure to irritants. Sometimes the muscles of the larynx, or voice box, do not work properly due to nerve damage, behavior patterns, or other problems. Voice therapy involves collaborating with your physician (one can be recommended), identifying your vocal demands and habits, and working with you to develop a way of speaking that is optimal for you. The goal is a voice that has endurance and meets your needs.
Here are a few voice disorders that we encounter:
- Vocal fold nodules, polyps, and cysts
- Muscle tension dysphonia
- Vocal fold paralysis
- Reinke’s edema
- Ventricular phonation
- Vocal fold scar
- Therapy pre- and post-surgery for voice disorders
- Vocal cord dysfunction or paradoxical vocal fold motion
- Habitual cough, irritable larynx
The Sound Center also provides speech therapy services in a variety of areas. Contact us for more information.
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