Engage PT, OT, SLP Therapy and Wellness
How can Speech therapy help with your voice?
A voice disorder can be anything that changes the way you sound when you speak. If left untreated, voice disorders can impact your overall quality of life, change the way others see you and how you feel about yourself. If you are experiencing loss of voice, hoarseness, voice strain, raspy voice, pitch changes, lump sensation in your throat, or it takes more effort to speak, Speech Therapy can help!
We can provide treatment to adults with voice disorders including chronic hoarseness, vocal cord nodules, vocal cord lesions, vocal cord polyps, vocal cord paralysis, paradoxical vocal fold motion disorder (PVFM), muscle tension dysphonia, vocal cord dysfunction (VCD), and chronic cough.
Prior to the initiation of voice therapy, you will need to be seen by an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) medical provider to complete a laryngeal examination to identify the etiology of your voice problem in order to determine the most appropriate course of treatment.
How can voice therapy help?
A Speech Therapist can provide education and teach specific exercises to achieve and maintain good vocal quality, pitch, loudness. Additionally, your Speech Therapist can teach you good vs bad voice habits. Some examples of good voice habits, also known as vocal hygiene include:
Stay hydrated - make sure to drink plenty of water, which will keep your mouth and throat lubricated
Limit caffeine and alcohol intake - these types of drinks can dry out your throat
Be careful about clearing your throat - this can irritate your throat. If you have to clear your throat or cough, try to do it more gently, less often or instead try to take a drink of water
Keep acid reflux under control - this can cause irritation to your voice box
Don’t smoke or use tobacco products - among other medical consequences, smoking can be very damaging to your voice box
Don’t talk too loudly, but don’t whisper either - both yelling and whispering can irritate your throat
Be careful about singing - always warm up before singing
Practice vocal rest when your voice is hoarse - try not to talk any more than absolutely necessary to allow time for your voice box to rest
Noticing any changes or concerns discussed above? Call Engage Therapy and wellness in Syracuse NY today to set up an evaluation at 315-810-2423 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.