Voice Disorders are a group of disorders that affect the ability to speak. Voice is the sound made by air when passing from your lungs through your larynx. Excessive screaming, smoking, throat infections and polyps in throat affect the voice. Symptoms of Voice Disorders are:
• Hoarse or raspy voice
• Inability to hit high notes while singing
• Raw, achy or strained throat
• Effort required to utter words
• Sudden deepening of voice
HOW IS VOICE DISORDERS DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of a voice disorder follows a comprehensive and ordered sequence of steps.
• Taking the history of voice disorder
• Doing a comprehensive examination, including a head and neck exam and a laryngeal exam
• Performing diagnostic tests
HOW IS VOICE DISORDERS TREATED?
There are a variety of treatment options available depending on the patient’s specific condition. In many cases, treatment of underlying causes of laryngeal inflammation such as acid reflux and postnasal drainage are initiated. In patients who do not respond to conservative management microscopic vocal cord surgery can be performed to address structural lesions of the vocal cords. Voice therapy with a speech pathologist is also an important part of the treatment protocol for both surgical and nonsurgical patients to improve vocal technique and prevent recurrence of their symptoms.
DID YOU KNOW?
Smoking and tobacco habits should be given up to treat Voice Disorders