Wednesday, March 4, 2015
I have been diagnosed with presbylarynx, the ENT told me that my cords were weak though they were in fine shape. He told me to go for voice therapy and told me there is no other option of any other treatment. I have been having this problem for 2 years. Will voice therapy help me with the discomfort and vocal fatigue I feel while talking? I am hardly 20 years old and I don't want to have these problems at this stage.
Melissa Kim, M.S., CCC-SLP writes...
Presbylarynx refers to age-related atrophy of the vocal folds in individuals more than approximately 60 years of age, so at 20 years old it would be unlikely that your symptoms are related to presbylarynx. Vocal difficulties secondary to "weak" vocal cords certainly can improve with voice therapy, but if in your situation there is actually poor closure of the vocal folds, injection of a filler such as Radiesse Voice gel can also help to improve the voice.
Best of luck to you!