My son is having issues with his voice quality being hoarse. His speech therapist at school has asked about it twice. My son had an endoscopy and reflux study approximately 5 years ago--results from the endoscopy (no issues) and reflux study (slightly loose valve that opens). At any rate his hoarseness has continued over time. He now does martial arts which involves a lot of yelling several nights weekly. I mentioned to pediatrician but he was not concerned. Should I have him re-evaluated for this by the ENT or the GI specialist, or is this normal?
Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
Your son's persistent hoarseness may very well be just a matter of voice overuse, but chronic hoarseness can also be the result of several underlying conditions. I would suggest an evaluation by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician.