Do I need Voice Therapy;
Your otolaryngologist recommended voice therapy?
You are a professional voice-user (teacher, salesman, lawyer, etc.) with no vocal training?
Your voice has become unpleasant, hoarse or unreliable?
You want to protect your voice from abuse?
Talk to us.
Through INDIVIDUAL voice therapy, we aim to rehabilitate, enhance and protect your voice — for now and for the future.
A voice disorder is any deviation in pitch, intensity, resonance or quality that renders a person’s voice “abnormal” to the listener. It may be secondary to a number of underlying causes including overuse, neurologic disorders, trauma, surgery, cancer, viral and bacterial conditions and psychological difficulties.
Common causes of voice disorders
- Vocal fold nodules, vocal fold polyps, vocal fold cysts,
- muscle tension dysphonia, vocal fold paralysis, reflux laryngitis,
- Reinke’s edema, spasmodic dysphonia, paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM),
- vocal fold bowing, vocal fold atrophy and so more.
Signs and Symptoms
- Volume that is too loud or too soft
- Pitch that is too high or low for age
- Changes in pitch
- Voice breaks
- Loss of voice
- Vocal fatigue when speaking
- Running out of breath at the ends of sentences
- Persistent throat clearing or coughing
- Sore throat
- Acid taste in the mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Tension in the neck and jaw
Treatment for Voice Disorders
Voice disorder treatment may include medication, surgery, voice therapy or a combination of these. The goal of voice therapy is to learn new/better patterns of voice production and to eliminate poor vocal habits.
Evgenia Stefanaki, SLP, OM, has the private practice "All for Speech Center" and is a nationally certified and licensed Speech & Language Pathologist with specialization in orofacial myofunctional therapy. She writes on the blog about speech & language disorders and orofacial disorders.