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.
Many causes. There is a great deal of variety to voice disorders. There are neurological causes (nerve weakness, etc.), structural causes (masses/polyps/nodules/scarring), allergic causes, reflux, as well as other causes that can affect your voice. If you suspect a voice issue, seeing a specialist early is important to help find the cause and treat it appropriately.

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Who gets voice disorders?

Anyone. Voice disorders are common, and voice problems can be due to any number of problems including infection, reflux disease, overuse, smoking, vocal cord polyps, cancer, etc. If you have a laryngitis which goes away on its own within a week or two, great. If you have a voice problem which is worsening or lasts more than 2-3 weeks you should bring it to your doctor's attention. Best wishes!
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.

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.
Ent eval. Seek ear nose throat eval to rule out treatable causes first.

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.

What is the definition or description of: Voice disorders?

Voice disorders. Voice disorders - "voice quality, pitch, and loudness differ or are inappropriate for an individual's age, gender, cultural background, or geographic location." REF: http://www. Asha. Org/Practice-Portal/Clinical-Topics/Voice-Disorders/

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.

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.
Many treatments. There is a great deal of variety of voice disorders. There are neurological causes (nerve weakness, etc.), structural causes (masses/polyps/nodules/scarring), allergy as well as other causes that can affect your voice. If you suspect a voice issue, seeing a specialist early is important to find the cause and treat it appropriately. Treatment include therapy, local medication, injections, surgery.

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.
Depends on treatment. There is a great deal of variety to voice disorders. There are neurological causes (nerve weakness, etc.), structural causes (masses/polyps/nodules/scarring), allergic causes, reflux, as well as other causes that can affect your voice. Treatment include voice therapy, local medication, injections, and surgery. And side effects really depend on the treatment.

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.