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Voice Disorder Therapy
A voice disorder occurs when there is any alteration in vocal fold vibration or ability to vibrate causing voice symptoms such as hoarseness, loss of range, pitch changes, breathy voice, vocal effort and vocal fatigue.
Voice disorders are categorized as follows:
- Organic — voice disorders that are physiological in nature and result from alterations in respiratory, laryngeal, or vocal tract mechanisms.
- Structural — organic voice disorders that result from physical changes in the voice mechanism (e.g., alterations in vocal fold tissues such as edema or vocal nodules; structural changes in the larynx due to aging)
- Neurogenic — organic voice disorders that result from problems with the central or peripheral nervous system innervation to the larynx that affect functioning of the vocal mechanism (e.g., vocal tremor, spasmodic dysphonia, or paralysis of vocal folds)
- Functional — voice disorders that result from improper or inefficient use of the vocal mechanism when the physical structure is normal.
Voice quality can also be affected when psychological stressors lead to habitual, maladaptive aphonia or dysphonia. The resulting voice disorders are referred to as psychogenic voice disorders or psychogenic conversion aphonia/dysphonia (Stemple, Glaze, & Klaben, 2010).
I work with many different physicians and value the team approach.
Muscle Tension Dysphonia
Vocal Fold Nodules, Polyps and Cysts
Vocal Fold Scarring
Vocal Fold Granuloma
Vocal Fold Paresis
Vocal Chord Paralysis
Voice Dysfunction in Neurological Disorders (Dysarthria)
Spasmodic Dysphonia (SD)
Adductor SD (Ad-SD)