For most people, our voice is a unique and significant part of who we are as well as our primary means of communicating. When our voice is affected by disease or injury, it can significantly impact daily life.
The skilled speech-language pathologists at North Kansas City Hospital can help patients with neurological and other voice disorders.
Causes & Symptoms of Voice Disorders
Disorders of the voice can occur for various reasons including structural changes of the vocal folds. Other common causes include:
- Overuse of the voice
- Vocally abusive behaviors (screaming, shouting, chronic coughing and throat clearing)
- Laryngopharyngeal reflux disease
- Atrophy or age-related weakening of the vocal folds
- Psychological/traumatic events
- Paralyzed vocal folds due to neurologic trauma or event
Symptoms indicating a voice disorder include:
- Vocal hoarseness/raspiness/breathiness
- Decreased vocal loudness
- Reduced pitch range
- Lowered pitch for everyday voicing
- Any other significant change in vocal quality
Personalized Therapy for Voice Disorders
Our experienced and specially-trained speech-language pathologists use state-of-the-art tools for treating voice disorders. These include Visi-Pitch software to evaluate vocal cord function and the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment program, designed specifically to improve vocal quality for patients with Parkinson’s disease. We’ll work with you one-on-one to develop a treatment program to meet your specific needs.
Before seeing our trained speech-language pathologists, patients must have their vocal folds assessed by an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor). The otolaryngologist can refer you for outpatient speech therapy at North Kansas City Hospital.
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For more information on voice therapy at North Kansas City Hospital, call 816-691-1795.