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Voice Therapy, Treatments, & Cord Surgery

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What is voice therapy?

Voice therapy is a treatment option for voice impairments (known as dysphonia), which can be caused by vocal cord dysfunctions. It is currently the treatment of choice for muscle tension dysphonia, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Voice therapy can be effective in both acute and chronic forms of voice disorders, and can reduce the chances that a patient will need surgery to correct their voice impairment. When surgery is deemed necessary, voice therapy can still help to improve the results of therapy.

Why is voice therapy used?

Vocal therapy is a treatment option for vocal cord nodules, vocal cord dysfunction, and vocal cord paralysis. Dysphonia can occur due to any of the following, all of which can have a negative impact on the vocal cords:

  • Excessive vocal demands
  • Medications
  • Trauma
  • Health problems
  • Environmental conditions

What does voice therapy involve?

Voice therapy can be conducted by an ear, nose and throat specialist with New York ENT. The procedure uses vocal and physical exercises that help you to relieve symptoms associated with vocal dysfunctions. Because voice disorders and symptoms vary from patient to patient, voice therapy will be unique to your needs. Consult with a New York ENT specialist to determine if voice therapy will benefit you.

What are the advantages of using voice therapy?

The benefits of using voice therapy may include:

  • Avoid surgical procedure
  • Attain long-term relief from vocal problems
  • Increase volume of voice
  • Feel relief from:
    • Aching pain in neck
    • Feeling of something in your throat
    • Voice giving out
    • Changes in pitch or volume

If you are suffering from vocal cord dysfunction and believe you may need voice therapy, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of voice and swallowing conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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