Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Vocal Cord Functional Problem

I am a singer. I underwent endoscopy of my throat recently, the findings according to ENT specialist are the structure of vocal cords are normal, but there is a 1) minor gap between the vocal cords 2) the left side false vocal cord is getting closer to the vocal cord 3) the vocal frequency is noted to be 160Hz. I am a male singer so, reportedly this is an unusual frequency according to the doctor. He advised me to visit a vocal therapist. Request you to please suggest me, if my condition will improve on taking therapy and can I get my vocal cords to normal position? Awaiting your response.

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
A persistent glottic gap with voicing (in the absence of an appreciable motion impairment) may be the result of excessive laryngeal tension. This would correlate with a finding of false vocal fold compression. Frequency of vocal fold vibration - which determines pitch - is not static, so the 160 Hz you describe may have been appropriate for that moment in time. If you feel that your average fundamental frequency is inappropriate, this is certainly something that can be addressed, along with the finding of hyperfunction, in voice therapy with a speech pathologist.

Best of luck to you.

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