Sunday, April 24, 2016

Octave Change

My daughter, now 17, was sick back in Jan 2015. Thought she had the flu but it turned out to be a really bad cold. During this time she had laryngitis for a month. When her voice returned, her volume was low & soft but her pitch was really high. As her normal volume returned her pitch did not. We have been to ENT specialists, Speech Therapists and had many tests done with no answers. She now has been talking like "Minnie Mouse" since her voice returned. She is frustrated because it is very hard for people to understand her...that is how high pitch her voice has become.
Why or what can be causing this? Any suggestions???

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

If your daughter’s larynx was determined to be healthy by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician, it is very possible that her speaking voice difficulties are secondary to muscle tension dysphonia, a general term to describe excessive and unnecessary tension of laryngeal muscles during voicing. Muscle tension dysphonia is often seen following an upper respiratory infection, when individuals compensate for hoarseness, sore throat, etc. by unknowingly “misusing” muscles of the larynx. The condition can be successfully treated by a speech pathologist who is a specialist in the area of voice disorders. Your daughter may be best served by seeking out a comprehensive voice center, where a team of specialists treat only problems with the voice.

Good luck to you!

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