Voice Clinic

    A voice disorder, also called dysphonia, is an impairment of the speaking or singing voice in that it arises from an abnormality of the structures and/or functions of the voice production system resulting in voice functioning that is unacceptable to the user in social, professional, or other contexts (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2005).Voice problems may be attributed to a nodule, polyp, cyst or injury to one or both vocal cords and can result in the following common symptoms:
  • Hoarse, weak, and/or rough voice
  • Loss of pitch
  • Vocal fatigue/tiredness of voice
  • Shortness of breath while speaking
  • Constant throat clearing
  • Strain/effort to produce voice
  • Pain in neck while speaking

Common voice disorders are:

  • Muscle tension
  • Vocal fatigue
  • Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement Disorder (PVFMD)
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Puberphonia
  • Glottal/vocal fold incompetency, including vocal fold
    Atrophy, paralysis, immobility, or paresis.


The voice clinic offers the following evals and treatment:

    Evaluations:

  • Auditory Perceptual Evaluation
  • Laryngeal Function Evaluation, including acoustic and physiological measures


    Treatment:

  • Behavioral management (systematic & eclectic approaches)
  • Vocal Hygiene
  • Resonant Voice Therapy
  • Vocal Function Exercises
  • Stretch and Flow Phonation
  • Respiratory Retraining