in adults can occur for several reasons, including neurological (in the brain) changes,
injury, infection, hyperfunctional use, and unusual growths. Contact your physician for an evaluation if
you notice a change in your voice. After
the evaluation, you may be sent to an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor. An ENT can see your vocal folds by fitting a
small camera through the nose and throat and then viewing the voice box.
- Voice difficulty that might require therapy includes:
Hyperfunctional voice disorder (overusing the
- Paradoxical vocal fold motion (closing the airway
- Paralyzed vocal fold
- Vocal nodules (small bumps on the vocal folds
caused by overuse)
evaluation will include completion of a case history, perceptual voice
measures, and instrumental voice measures.
treatment will include:
Education about the voice works
- Recommendations for lifestyle changes that can
improve the structure or the function of the voice
- Recommendations and treatment activities for
changing how the voice is used
- Exercises to improve the strength and efficiency
of vocal fold movement
Regional’s speech pathologists have years of experience treating voice and work
with ENT’s throughout the region.
Through continuing education, they are able to use up to date voice
Please note: If you have a change in
the sound of your voice that lasts more than three weeks, you should always go
to your physician for an evaluation. If
the treatment prescribed by your physician does not help your voice return to
how it typically sounds, you should schedule an ENT evaluation.
For more information about voice disorders, please
visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website.