Voice evaluation and therapy may include exercises and changes in speaking behaviors (for instance, maneuvers that time deep breaths to power vocalizations with adequate breathing). In some cases, lifestyle changes can greatly reduce symptoms (for instance, instructions to stop yelling or to rest one’s voice regularly if a patient speaks or sings a lot). The vocal cords can also benefit from relaxation exercises, “warm ups” before extended periods of speaking and even adequate hydration.
In order to find the right treatment for you, we will work closely with your Ear, Nose and Throat specialist to get to the root of your disorder and start the steps to “getting your voice back."
We also will ask you about any habits or ailments that could be affecting your vocal quality: Do you smoke? What medications are you taking? Are you a busy parent who winds up yelling a lot? Do you suffer from GERD or hypothyroidism? Have you been exposed to any powerful chemicals lately? Are you a radio announcer, singer or someone whose livelihood depends on the health of their voice?
Through this investigative journey, we can usually pinpoint the therapy that will help you most. It usually involves vocal exercises to change some speaking behaviors or reduce laryngeal tension.
In some cases, lifestyle changes can greatly reduce symptoms (instructing a coach to use a whistle rather than yelling to get players’ attention). The vocal cords can also benefit from relaxation exercises, “warm ups” before extended periods of speaking and even adequate hydration. Always, our goal is to bring on the healing so your voice can again be heard!