My 11-year-old son loses his voice often. It started about 3 years ago. If he goes to camp, outdoor activities with groups of people, or anything that involves talking a lot or playing loud, he'll lose his voice. I took him to the doctor, who said probably nodules, and to try and keep him from talking when they get inflamed. My question is, if this continues, could this damage his voice for good? Are there any new signs I should watch for? I hate to see what it is going to sound like when he goes through the change.
Melissa Kim, M.S., CCC-SLP writes...
There are no "new" symptoms to look for... symptoms of nodules include hoarse, breathy vocal quality and a tendency to "lose" the voice with excessive use. I would suggest that you ask your physician for a referral to a speech pathologist. Voice therapy can often successfully resolve, or at least reduce, the nodules so that vocal quality and endurance improves.
Thank you for your question.