Voice Disorders

The use of our voice is essential to speaking and communication. In our day-to-day lives we have to use our voice to communicate in professional, vocational, educational and social situations. As human beings we cannot avoid speaking to others. Life is full of social and professional interactions. If one’s voice becomes impaired then it may become difficult to interact with others. For example, a teacher has to use his/her voice to educate a classroom of students; a preacher needs to use his/her voice to communicate with members of a congregation and a salesperson needs his voice to sell his products.

Yet thousands of adults experience difficulty with voice production that may affect the quality, strength, loudness and endurance of their voice to the extent that it affects their ability to communicate effectively. The effects of voice problems will vary from person too person. Some professions are more susceptible to voice problems. These professions can include teachers, pastors, sales professionals, speakers, coaches, and radio and television announcers. However, voice problems can occur with any adult regardless of their profession. There are many different causes of voice disorders in adults.

    Some of the primary causes include:

  • Vocal abuse, misuse or overuse resulting in vocal nodules
  • Laryngitis
  • Psychological problems resulting in depression or anxiety
  • Weaknesses with respiratory support and control
  • Age related changes
  • Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Neurological conditions such as Parkinson Disease or Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spasmodic dysphonia
    Our Treatment Program:

  • Evaluation, interpretation, and recommendations by a certified speech-language pathologist
  • Customized treatment programs based on individual needs
  • Individually scheduled therapy sessions
  • Collaboration with Ear, Nose and Throat physicians as needed