Monday, November 26, 2012

Hoarse Voice

I went to an ENT today and he examined me and told me that my throat is normal and that he can't see anything wrong. But I know something is wrong. My voice used to be soft and high-pitched. I can reach high notes without difficulty. I have been singing since I was three. But now my voice is very raspy and hoarse. Last August, I was diagnosed with laryngitis and my doctor made me take some medicines but my voice never came back to normal. I already went to two doctors and they gave me medicines but my voice gets worse. Please help me. Not being able to sing is a torture.

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
Persistent vocal difficulties in the absence of an obvious structural issue may be related to a functional voice disorder (i.e., the way that you are using your voice). To determine if your symptoms are functional, or if there is an underlying medical reason for your symptoms that has not yet been determined, I would suggest seeking another opinion, this time with a laryngologist (an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician who specializes in voice disorders). See the American Academy of Otolaryngology website at to search for a specialist.

Good luck to you.

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