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Voice Disorders

 

Introduction

Vocal cords produce the sound of your voice by vibration and the air passing through the cords from the lungs. Your vocal cords are located in the larynx (voice box), found in the neck at the top of the trachea (windpipe). The sound of each individual voice is determined by the size and shape of the vocal cords, along with the size and shape of the throat, nose and mouth (the resonating cavities).

The Voice Program of the Division of Otolaryngology at Easta Medical Group provides expert and coordinated diagnosis, innovative therapies and individualized patient care for a range of disorders affecting the voice and airway, from the common to complex. Our laryngologists and speech pathologists work with a range of patients from professional voice users and performing artists to patients with complex medical and surgical conditions of voice disorders.

Causes of Voice Disorders:

Vocal cord disorders are often caused by vocal abuse or misuse, such as excessive use of the voice when singing or talking, smoking, coughing, yelling or inhaling irritants. Some of the more common vocal cord disorders include laryngitis, vocal nodules, vocal polyps and vocal cord paralysis. Disorders can also be caused by neurological conditions—such as Parkinson’s disease—cancer or as a side effect of some surgeries and for other medical reasons like vocal cord paralysis. Many voice disorders can be cured with treatment of voice disorders when diagnosed early such as vocal cord paralysis.

Conditions We Treat for Voice Disorders

We provide comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluations and treatment for all voice conditions. Conditions include laryngeal pathology (nodules, cysts or polyps), changes associated with aging (vocal fold atrophy), vocal cord paralysis or paresis, neurological disorders (spasmodic dysphonia and tremor). We specialize in the care of professional voice users, like teachers, attorneys, receptionists and singers (professional or amateur), to name a few.

*Please note that this is not a complete list of all the conditions and treatments that we provide. The information is designed for educational references only and should not be construed as medical advice.

Kindly consult one of our qualified healthcare specialists for an accurate diagnosis before starting on any treatments.

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