Voice Disorders

What are Voice Disorders?
Voice disorders may cause the voice to sound hoarse or breathy, change the pitch of the voice, cause an apparent loss of the voice, or cause pain while talking.

What are some types of Voice Disorders and their causes?
  Vocal Nodules: Nodules on the vocal folds that make the voice sound breathy and may lower the pitch of the voice.
              Caused by excessive use of the voice (speaking, singing, yelling, etc.).
•   Vocal Cord Dysfunction: Vocal folds close while a person is inhaling or exhaling. Often triggered by strenuous exercise.
•   Contact Ulcers: Ulcers that are often accompanied by pain and hoarseness. Caused by excessive coughing or throat               clearing, reflux, or intubation.
•   Spasmodic Dysphonia: Speech is effortful and sounds strangled and harsh. Caused by very tight vocal cord closure.

What can speech therapy do for Voice Disorders?
The speech-language pathologists at Achieve complete a comprehensive history and evaluation. This enables them to develop an individualized treatment plan that targets:

          •   techniques to prevent vocal abuse
•   how to change any habits that further harm your voice
•   exercises to strengthen your voice

Achieve Hearing & Rehabilitation helps patients overcome their voice disorders. If you or someone you know demonstrates any signs and symptoms of a voice disorder please call us at 972-608-0416 to discuss how Achieve can help.

Achieve Hearing & Rehabilitation is a speech and hearing clinic in Plano, Texas. We offer speech language pathology and audiological services for children and adults of all ages. Achieve is in-network with Aetna, Cigna, BlueCrossBlueShield, Medicare, and United Healthcare. We can help obtain information about your policy to determine if services are covered under. Please call us at 972-608-0416.