Singing has been my lifelong hobby. I used to be able to sing easily in high pitch. Then I got pregnant. Severe acid reflux during pregnancy. My throat used to burn after every meal. I lost my singing voice during pregnancy. I was unable to sing completely. I can now talk in a low voice. People tell me that I sound like a man now - I used to have a sweet voice. I delivered my baby a few days ago. No more acid reflux. But still unable to sing or talk loudly. I really miss my singing voice and wish to correct this. What specialist do I see? Is there hope?
Melissa E. Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
Chronic acid reflux affecting the larynx can contribute to any number of vocal fold conditions. Significant vocal fold swelling and inflammation as a result of acid reflux would be the most likely culprit for your lowered and restricted pitch... if this is the case, then symptoms should resolve with time and appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, however, there is no way to know if the answer is as simple as swelling - see an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician for an evaluation.
Best of luck to you.