Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences

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Professional Voice Program

Voice problems affect your quality of life and ability to work, and even indicate a serious medical condition.  Your voice requires the care of a speech-language pathologist that has special expertise in the treatment of voice disorders.

EVALUATION

Your speech pathologist will carefully evaluate your voice problem and work with you and your otolaryngologist to improve your voice quality and function.  The evaluation will include:

Assessment of voice quality and technique, voice habits, breath support, and posture.
Assessment of the impact of voice on communication and quality of life.
Videostroboscopy: A procedure to closely examine the larynx, vocal fold vibration, and identify the physical cause of the voice problem.
Vocal function testing: Computer-assisted measurements of voice function (acoustic and/or aerodynamic).

TREATMENT

Voice therapy helps the vocal folds vibrate more efficiently and helps change conditions that may be aggravating the problem or causing it to persist.  The goal of treatment is to make thr voice functional and as near normal as possible.  Your individualized treatment plan may include:

Education about how to take care of your voice.
Exercises in postural adjustments, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, and exercises to improve the strength and flexibility of the vocal mechanism.
A home therapy program designed to meet your treatment goals.

SCHEDULE

The treatment plan is determined after completion of a comprehensive voice evaluation.  The frequency and length of therapy may vary depending on your specific problem, desired outcome, and how easily you are able to carry out therapy recommendations at home.  Most patients notice improvement in their voice quality in six treatment sessions or less.

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