Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
1012 E. Willetta Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Why do I need voice therapy?
Voice treatment involves learning new skills, voice exercises and possibly lifestyle changes. There are a number of different reasons why your voice may not be sounding or feeling as it used to:
- Neurological voice changes: Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke or traumatic brain injury.
- Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion/Vocal Cord Dysfunction (PVFM/VCD): Difficulty breathing in, sensitivity to smells, frequent throat clearing or chronic throat tickle and/or cough.
- Functional voice changes: Muscle tension, overuse, misuse/abuse, mal-adapted laryngeal posture, reduced breath support, inefficient vocal fold vibration.
- Organic voice changes: Laryngeal pathology, lesions, masses, paralysis and/or weakness of the vocal folds.
- Laryngectomy: Having part of all of your voice box removed. Voice therapy can teach you a variety of ways to adapt to this.
How do I start voice therapy?
Have your doctor fax a prescription for voice evaluation and therapy to (602) 839-6200.
We will set up an appointment for a clinical voice evaluation. During this evaluation, we will:
- measure how your throat moves (laryngeal function)
- analyze your voice's sound characteristics (acoustic analysis)
- analyze the production quality of your voice (perceptual analysis and interview interpretation).
Based on the results of the clinical voice evaluation:
- You may participate in methods to visualize your throat using laryngeal video stroboscopy (LVS).
- You may begin to work with voice therapists to manage your voice production and communication.