My voice range is decreased from last year and I feel discomfort while speaking and my voice gets tired after speaking for an hour or 2. I visited an ENT and he told me that my vocal folds were weak. Did he mean that it is vocal cord paralysis though he said both cords were moving?
Melissa Kim, M.S., CCC-SLP writes...
Certainly, vocal fold "weakness" is described in cases of vocal fold paresis or presbylarynx, the condition of thinning or atrophy of the vocal folds due to aging; however, I cannot comment on what your Ear, Nose, and Throat physician meant by his/ her description. If you were unclear as to your diagnosis, I would suggest re-assessment or perhaps a second opinion.
I got your information from the Chase Brexton web site for Voice Therapy. The web site referenced Melissa Walker. I would be interested in a Laser Assisted Voice Adjustment to feminize my voice more.
Is this something that can be done; also, in general what would be the cost of such a thing?
Barbara Messing MA CCC-SLP, BCS-S replies....
Our laryngologists have not performed any laser-assisted surgeries to feminize the voice. Jennifer Anderson in Toronto has published a series of patients for whom she created anterior commissure web, functionally shortening the vocal folds and raising pitch.