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Voice-Related Issues

If you are experiencing voice-related issues or if you have been examined previously and your symptoms are not improving, it’s important to visit with your primary care physician or your ear, nose and throat specialist. Your physician may determine your condition warrants a further, more detailed evaluation by a laryngologist. A laryngologist studies the larynx, also known as the voice box, is the area of the throat that controls voice, breathing and swallowing.

Larynx disorders can include:

  • Vocal nodules or polyps – tissue growths on the vocal cords
  • Vocal fold/cord paralysis
  • Respiratory papilloma – growths in the airway
  • Spasmodic dysphonia – spasms of the vocal cord muscles

Depending on your condition, treatment options include outpatient speech and language pathology therapeutic treatments – just like physical therapy, but for your voice – injections or implants to improve voice quality and swallow function, as well as surgical options such as laser surgery to change anatomy contributing to voice and swallow dysfunction.