Voice & Swallowing

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Voice Disorders

There are a variety of voice disorders that can range from mild conditions to severe life-threatening diseases. Some common symptoms of a voice disorder may include:

  • Extreme coughing
  • Hoarseness
  • Vocal weakness
  • Increase/decrease in the pitch of the voice

Voice disorders can occur anywhere in the voice tract and happen for a variety of reasons such as overuse, dehydration, allergies, drinking, smoking, cancer, thyroid problems and esophageal reflux; just to name a few.

Common voice disorders include:

  • Polyps on the vocal folds
  • Laryngitis
  • Vocal cord paralysis
  • Neurologic voice disorders

We are proud to have a team of specialists who focus solely on the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders. We utilize the most advanced technologies and treatment techniques to provide our patients with the highest standard of care. Often times, practicing good oral hygiene and drinking plenty of fluids can prove effective in treating minor voice disorders like laryngitis. When voice disorders are more severe, other treatment methodologies like certain medications and surgery are recommended.

Swallowing Disorders

A swallowing disorder, also referred to as dysphagia, may be a possibility if you have difficulty swallowing or experience pain swallowing. It can occur anywhere along the swallowing tract, which consists of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus and stomach. There are two types of dysphagia: oropharyngeal dysphagia, which occurs before the food reaches the esophagus, and esophageal dysphagia, which occur in the esophagus.

While some may experience mild to moderate discomfort while eating and/or drinking, others have so much difficulty eating and drinking that they become malnourished because they cannot consume enough calories. Dysphagia most often occurs in the elderly, but can occur in anyone.

If you experience discomfort or difficulty eating and/or drinking, please contact us to schedule an appointment, as it may indicate a more serious underlying condition, such as Parkinson's disease, gastroesophageal reflux, stroke or cancer.

While treatment varies from person to person, our team of specialists will work with you individually to determine the best course of action. Medications sometimes are effective enough to treat dysphagia, while others require more complex and long-term treatment such as surgery and speech therapy.