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Speech Disorders

What is Dysphonia?

Voice problems, Dysphonia can occur for many different reasons.

If you have a voice problem your doctor will send you to an Ear Nose and Throat Department (ENT) where your vocal folds will be looked at. You maybe referred to a Speech and Language Therapist Voice Therapy Information Session.

If you require individual voice therapy an appointment will be arranged with a Speech and Language Therapist/Voice Therapist who will take a detailed history of your voice problem and devise a Voice Therapy plan specifically for you.

Case Study

Anna came to Voice Therapy because she had vocal nodules and swelling of the vocal folds which were seen with the endoscope camera at the ENT department.

Her Speech and Language Therapist/Voice Therapist looked at all the factors in her home, working life and medical history which might be contributing to and maintaining these vocal fold problems.

Anna saw the Speech and Language Therapist/Voice Therapist once a week for six weeks. She followed an individual plan of therapy exercises, voice care routines, and with the support of her SLT/Voice therapist she was able to make some positive changes to her working environment. 

When Anna returned to ENT for her follow up appointment she was pleased and relieved to be told that her nodules had gone and the swelling was so reduced she was no longer being considered as a possible candidate for surgery.

She said, “I didn’t understand why I had a voice problem, and I didn’t think anything could be done about it. In the end it was so easy – I wish someone had told me earlier!”

Not all voice problems can be cured, but your Speech and Language Therapist/Voice Therapist will help you to find the best solution to your voice problem.

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