Monday, November 5, 2012

Voice Problem for 2 Years

I am 21 years old I have had a voice problem since 2010. My voice sounds weak at times.  When I went to see my friend after a long time she said your voice has gone deep which it has, but my voice sounds deep and normal like once in a month. I went to see the ENT and they said you are suffering from acid reflux and the tablets they prescribed to me didn't work. Second time I went to see the ENT they said there is nothing wrong with your voice box. My voice problem is ruining my life and is blowing my confidence away and I avoid phone calls. My normal voice is deep but that only happens once in a month and back to the weak voice again. When I speak in the weak voice I can't feel the vocal chords vibrating. I always pray for my voice to be low the next day. Is thyroplasty surgery recommended for this problem? I just want to be confident and my proper low voice to come back again. I hope you can help me.

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

If an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician has determined that your larynx and vocal cords are healthy after a thorough evaluation, I would suspect that there is at least a component of a functional voice disorder (a problem with the way in which you are using the voice). To address a functional voice disorder, voice therapy with a speech pathologist who specializes in the treatment of voice disorders can be helpful. He/ she will be able to prescribe specific exercises to address specific concerns. 

Thyroplasty is a procedure done most often to correct a vocal cord paralysis. If you are still uncertain as to a diagnosis, which I suspect, I would suggest that you seek out a laryngologist (an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician who specializes in the treatment of voice disorders) for an evaluation and treatment recommendations. 

Good luck to you!

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