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New device helps diagnose vocal disorders

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.


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