Voice Therapy

Your voice is part of what makes you who you are. It's also your primary means of communicating. When your voice is affected by disease or injury, it can significantly impact daily life.two women sitting at computer with one speaking into a microphone

If you’re having speech difficulties, the first step is to have your vocal folds assessed by a Meritas Health ear, nose and throat doctor, or otolaryngologist. The otolaryngologist can provide a referral for our outpatient speech-language therapy services.

Common Voice Disorder Causes

  • 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
  • Structural changes of the vocal folds

Common Voice Disorder Symptoms

  • Vocal hoarseness/raspiness/breathiness
  • Decreased vocal loudness
  • Reduced pitch range
  • Lowered pitch for everyday voicing
  • Any other significant change in vocal quality

Services We Provide

Our speech-language pathologists work one-on-one with you to develop a treatment program that meets your specific needs. They use:

  • Visi-Pitch software to evaluate vocal cord function
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT Big® and LSVT Loud®) programs, which are specifically for people with Parkinson's disease.

Our speech-language pathologists also provide personalized cognitive and swallow therapy, including VitalStim®.

Contact Us

Our voice therapy services require a doctor’s referral. If you need help with a referral or for more information on our services, call 816-691-1795.