Have Questions Regarding Voice Disorders In Port St. Lucie, FL? We Can Help!
At South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat, your team of three board-certified otolaryngologists specializes in voice disorders. If you are one of the seven and a half million Americans who suffer from the poor volume, pitch or quality of your voice, see Dr. Leslie Berghash, Dr. John Lanza and Dr. Camysha Wright for a comprehensive examination, precise diagnosis, and treatment.
Kinds of voice disorders
There are many kinds of voice problems, some as simple as the raspiness and low volume characteristic of viral or bacterial laryngitis. Others are related to overuse from shouting at a sporting event, singing a concert or working an occupation such as teaching.
Other voice disorders have more concerning origins. They include:
- Spasmodic dysphonia, a nerve problem which makes the voice sound shaky, weak or quivering
- Vocal fold polyps, papillomas, and cysts
- Vocal fold paralysis from a stroke or other neurological problem
Reasons for voice disorders
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says that the nerves which control and operate the voicebox, or larynx, frequently become injured by accident (blunt force trauma), overuse, cancer, throat surgery or infection from a virus or bacteria. Additionally, some medications such as asthma inhalers or health conditions such as acid reflux cause a dry hacking cough or extreme hoarseness.
Diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders
At South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat, your physician will note your symptoms carefully, examine your throat with a lighted laryngoscope and as needed, perform other diagnostic tests, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Stroboscopy, Laryngeal Electromyography (EMG) and others. Then, he or she will formulate a treatment plan suited for your particular situation.
Treatments may include:
- Drinking plenty of water daily to hydrate the throat, larynx and vocal folds
- Speech therapy and breathing exercises (warm-ups for singers as an example)
- BOTOX injections to limit the movement of the vocal folds
- Surgery to remove benign growths
- Medications to reduce inflammation
Speak clearly and comfortably again
If you have a voice issue lasting more than two weeks, contact South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat for a consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable otolaryngologist. Offices are located in St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, and Okeechobee.