Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Polyps Removed - Unable to Speak

I had polyps removed one week ago and have not been able to speak since. The doctor told me that I CAN talk, but my vocal cords don't know it yet. (Muscle tension dysphonia). I cannot find a voice therapist who can see me in less than six weeks, and I'm only able to make deep, grunting sounds. Are there any vocal exercises I can do until I see the therapist? The only input I got from my ENT is to hum.

Melissa Kim, M.S., CCC-SLP writes...

You can certainly try to produce any vocalization you would like - I wouldn't recommend any specific exercise. I'm sorry that you're not able to see a speech pathologist sooner; perhaps your physician could offer you another referral.

Good luck to you!

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