Clinically, we describe the voice by pitch, breathiness, hoarseness, irregular phonations, tension and loudness. When any of these components seem out of balance, a voice disorder could be the suspect. Voice disorders must be assessed by a physician and ideally an otolaryngologist to determine the underlying cause of the disorder. Often, the voice signals other health issues and can affect swallowing and breathing as well as speech.
Our goals include helping patients understand proper vocal elements, including pitch, resonance, phonation and prosody (intonation and phrasing), plus suggest ways to protect the voice so it can heal if necessary. We can also provide laryngeal strengthening exercises and training on how to use your voice more effectively through optimal pitch and loudness.