Voice Disorders: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Approaches

South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat with Dr. Leslie Berghash, Dr. John Lanza, and Dr. Matthew Ericksen can provide ENT support for Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Fort Pierce, FL, to manage many issues. For example, we can help with vocal problems and make sure you can talk.

Common Causes 

 The most common cause of vocal disorders is simply overusing the voice. For example, if you go to a football game and scream at the team for the whole game, you might temporarily damage it. Furthermore, problems like talking too much, singing too loudly, and other overuse issues can damage your voice temporarily. That said, other issues can be devastating.

For example, sinus infections, colds, and allergies might impact your voice while you’re sick and after you recover. Furthermore, damage to the structure, muscles, or nerves in the voice box or vocal cords is also serious. That’s why it’s so important to contact a professional ASAP to get the long-term support you need here.

Symptoms You Might Experience 

 At South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Berghash, Dr. Lanza, and Dr. Ericksen can help you with ENT service in Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Fort Pierce, FL, to understand your vocal problems. Our team will diagnose your symptoms and track down what might be wrong. Just a few signs that you should be looking for when working with us include:

  • Gurgling or wet speaking that feels uncomfortable while you talk
  • Rough, strained, raspy, or hoarse voice that might be painful 
  • Strangled or breathy speaking that you can’t improve
  • Changes in pitch (either speaking too high or too low)
  • Trouble with loudness (speaking too loudly or softly)
  • Uneven or shaky speaking that includes breaks or gaps in sound

Diagnosis and Treatment Options

 Diagnosis typically starts by making sure that there isn’t a simple explanation for your problem. For example, we’ll gauge if a cold, flu or other temporary problem causes your vocal issues. If not, we’ll start looking deeper into your throat, doing varied tests to track what might be happening and to ensure we figure out what is wrong with your voice box. 

Treatments include options like the accent method, auditory masking, conversation training therapy, various injections, and much more. Sometimes, you might just need to manage the underlying problem (such as the cold) to get benefits.

Get Ahold of Us Today

 At South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Berghash, Dr. Lanza, and Dr. Ericksen can provide the ENT support you need in Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Fort Pierce, FL. Call our Port St. Lucie office at (772) 398-9911, Fort Pierce at (772) 464-6055, and Okeechobee at (863) 357-7791 to learn more about help.