Monday, August 6, 2012

High Pitched Squeaky Voice

My 23 yr old daughter went to bed with a normal voice, woke up with high pitched squeaky voice. She has no sore throat or swollen glands. Tried all kinds of home remedies hot tea honey lemon cough drops spray salt water etc. nothing helped. She doesn't have her tonsils, but did go through hpv/cervical cancer treatment a year ago. Been Cancer free for almost a year. Could the treatment have affected her voice so long after treatment? She has a speech to give at school- could it be nerves?

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...

It is unlikely that your daughter's previous cancer treatment is playing a role in her current vocal difficulties... stress or anxiety given her upcoming vocal demands would be a more likely explanation.  The only way to truly determine the cause, however, is to be evaluated by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician.  If it is determined that the problem is functional, that is, one related to excessive stress or tension of the muscles of the larynx, voice therapy with a speech pathologist can be very helpful; ask your physician for a referral.

Best of luck to you.

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