Monday, November 5, 2012

Voice Skips

About four years ago I noticed my voice skipping when I raised my voice. As the years passed it has gotten worse so that it happens frequently during regular speech. A voice therapist told me I have Hypertension in my vocal cords. I have throat exercises but haven't noticed them benefiting me much. My throat feels so tight all the time. This problem causes me embarrassment and anxiety. Any helpful hints to get me through this?

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies... 

A hyperfunctional voice disorder (rather than "hypertension") is treated with voice therapy, but if you've not had success thus far, you may need to work with a different therapist or seek out as second opinion as to your diagnosis. Does your speech pathologist specialize in the treatment of voice? If not, I would ask your ENT for a referral to a specialist, or see a laryngologist (an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician who specializes in the treatment of voice disorders) for further assessment and treatment recommendations. 

Good luck!

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