Voice Program - North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat

Assessment & Treatment of Voice Disorders

Professionals who rely heavily on their voices often have trouble with their voice as a result of voice overuse or patterns of voice use that harm the vocal folds. Most of these people have seen an Otolaryngologist (ENT) who recommended voice therapy.

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Symptoms of Voice Difficulties May Include:

 

  • hoarse or breathy voice
  • A voice that is too soft or loud
  • Pain with voice use
  • Loss of voice
  • Inappropriate pitch

 

When Should I Seek Treatment From an ENT Doctor?

If you have hoarseness, voice changes, or discomfort for more than ten days, you should see an ENT Doctor for a medical work up. The ENT will look at the larynx to diagnose vocal fold disease.

What Can I Expect in the Assessment?

 

  • Review of medical records
  • Computerized analysis of your voice
  • Perceptual voice analysis
  • Viewing of your vocal folds during Phonation using VIdeostroboscopy

 

What Can I Expect in Therapy?

Voice therapy focuses on teaching the individual to use his/her voice in a manner that maximizes loudness while protecting the voice.

Individuals need to achieve adequate breath support, appropriate pitch, good resonance and relaxation for optimal vocal quality.