Wednesday, August 3, 2011


I have always been able to sing ever since I was a little girl. A couple of years ago I had a lot of problems with my throat. I kept getting the strep throat over and over again. Directly after that I could not sing. But its been about two years now and I can sing a little now, but it is not like I used to. I can not hit any high notes and if I try I go horse. I go horse if I sing one entire song. I do not know what is going on with my voice but I hope you can help me. PLEASE!

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
In some cases, chronic irritation caused by an upper respiratory infection can result in compensatory hyperfunction of the muscles of the larynx. Symptoms of hyperfunction are most commonly effortful, strained voice, reduced pitch range, and in some cases, hoarseness. Treatment for this condition is voice therapy with a speech pathologist.

That being said, there are also many other possible explanations for your symptoms. The only way to know the reason for your voice difficulties is to be evaluated by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician.

Good luck!

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Pathology Coordinator
Clinical Specialist, Head & Neck Cancer Rehabilitation
The M.J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center at GBMC
Phone: (443) 849-8043

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