JOHNSON CITY – A new digital
videostroboscopy unit obtained by the
Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic at East
Tennessee State University will provide the most
complete and detailed laryngeal exam available for
patients with vocal difficulties.
The device is the only one in the Tri-Cities
Tennessee/Virginia region and is housed with Ear
Nose and Throat Associates PC in Johnson City. The
initial evaluations are done by one of the
physicians, and the patients are sent to Dr. Chris
McCrea, a speech-language pathologist with ETSU,
for therapy, if needed.
Dr. McCrea says voice disorders commonly affect
men and women such as teachers, singers, actors,
ministers, and coaches, who use their voices
frequently as part of their career.
“For some people, it can be related to
allergies or a cold, but there are other problems
that can be corrected with clinical techniques and
therapies,” said McCrea, an assistant
professor of communicative disorders. “These
problems include frequent voice loss, hoarseness,
and difficulty in speaking for long periods of time
or increasing loudness and pitch.
“The videostroboscopy will help give us the
best diagnosis possible.”
To schedule an appointment for an evaluation, or
for more information, call Ear Nose and Throat
Associates at (423) 929-9101 or the ETSU
Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic at 439-4355.