When people have difficulty with their voice, the voice may become hoarse and gravelly, a soft whisper or people may have no voice at all.
There are a number of causes of voice disorders.
A speech-language pathologist will work closely with the treating physician. Once the cause has been diagnosed and medical intervention complete, the speech-language pathologist will develop strategies and exercise to improve voice function and review good vocal hygiene.
Common Questions About Voice Problems
What is voice?
- sound produced by the larynx (also called the 'voice box', located in the neck)
What is a problem voice?
- when the pitch/loudness/quality is more evident, rather than what the speaker is trying to communicate
- the speaker might endure pain or discomfort when speaking or singing
What can cause a voice problem?
- if someone sustains an injury that causes a paralysis of a vocal fold
- misuse of the voice (using a pitch level that is too high or too low)
- abuse of the vocal chords through smoking or through exposure to chemicals or allergens, or abusive vocal behaviour (e.g., repetitive throat clearing or excessive shouting).
- other voice disorders that occur without apparent cause are thought to be neurologic in origin
What is an early sign of a voice problem requiring professional help?
- if you have continuous hoarseness, voice change, or discomfort that lasts for more than 10 days in absence of an allergy or cold