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Who gets voice disorders?

Who gets voice disorders?

Anyone is at risk: Voice disorders can happen to anyone. There are those based in a neurological problem, those that happen after injury, intubation or surgery and those that happen from "overuse"- i prefer to think of it as need-ability mismatch. Since we're all at risk, we should all be conscious of the voice since it's part of our 'fingerprint' in an audio and video world. ...Read more

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
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Voice Disorders (Definition)

Voice disorders include anatomic, infectious, inflammatory, and obstructive problems that interfere with the functioning ...Read more


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How do you diagnoses a voice disorder?

How do you diagnoses a voice disorder?

Voice testing.: Modern laryngology, the science of identifying and testing voice disorders has advanced dramatically in the last 30 years. Diagnosis begins with a direct visualization of the vocal folds with an endoscope through the mouth or the nose. Taking a proper history. Video-stroboscopy and electromyography are but a few of the new tools available for a proper diagnosis. See a laryngologist. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for voice disorders?

Different treatments: Voice disorders include many problems, so a short answer isn't possible. In very broad terms, depending on the problem, treatments may include medications, voice therapy and lifestyle modifications, vocal exercises, or surgery. If you have a voice problem, seek out an ent/laryngologist, especially if you have a profession which relies on your voice. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What causes voice disorders?

Many causes: The most common cause is vocal abuse. Yelling, screaming, vocal tension and tightness in the throat all can cause damage to the vocal cords. Reflux into the throat can cause irritation, throat clearing and damage as well. Finally, neurological conditions such as spasmodic dysphonia can cause problems. ...Read more

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How is a voice disorder diagnosed?

Physical exam: Your ent/laryngologist can diagnose most voice disorders by listening to you, going over your medical history, and then examining you and your voice box. There are many types of voice disorders, and some form of treatment can help with most of them. A long term voice problem (over 1-2 weeks) may indicate a serious condition so don't delay in getting seen. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hi. I have a voice disorder. My voice is too girlish and very small such that i cant shout nor my voice is heard in public. Please help me?

Voice disorder: Please consult a laryngologist to evaluate you anatomically for laryngeal disorder. More likely it may be an endocrine issue and your primary care physician should be addressing your concerns. ...Read more

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What are the possible side effects of treatments for voice disorders?

What are the possible side effects of treatments for voice disorders?

Depends on cause: Side effects of treatments for voice disorders depends on the cause of the voice problem. If there is not cyst, nodule or other mass, nerve of brain dysfunction causing the voice disorder, it is treated with speech therapy. ...Read more

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I'm forty-five/female i don't have a voice disorder but i lose my voice to severe fear and anxiety; what do I do when i've tried everything?

I'm forty-five/female i don't have a voice disorder but i lose my voice to severe fear and anxiety; what do I do when i've tried everything?

Changing patterns: You haven't tried everything. You might want to talk with a professional. Psychologist. Speech therapist. Behavioral medicine. Biofeedback, hypnosis. Stress management, etc.. You need to manage the stress, and your body's response patterns. Break down the pattern, triggers and introduce a disruption to change the pattern. Intervening in advance to lower levels of underlying stress might help. ...Read more

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Can you permanently lose your voice from laryngitis?

Can you permanently lose your voice from laryngitis?

Laryngitis: No. But can make it worse by talking, alcohol, smoking, exposure to airborne chemicals, etc. If persists greater than weeks , need to have ENT evaluate. ...Read more

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How long should patients with laryngitis practice voice rest?

Check larynx : A laryngologist should see you and perform a stroboscopy to help answer this question. Most voice rest does little but, if there is a lesion on the larynx, you may need to rest it. ...Read more

Dr. Ronda Alexander
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Laryngitis (Definition)

Laryngitis means inflammation of the larynx and can cause symptoms of hoarseness ...Read more