Speech Language Pathology
Speech/language pathologists evaluate and treat disorders including voice, cognitive-communication, fluency and swallowing issues for patients of all ages. Therapists educate and provide adaptive communication devices as needed. Some patients needing these services include those recovering from strokes, head/neck injuries, cancer or other diseases.
Voice disorders can affect anyone who uses his or her voice frequently each day, either professionally or nonprofessionally. There are many causes of voice disorders, ranging from something as harmless as using your voice inappropriately, to a serious ailment such as cancer.
Although voice disorders can affect a wide-range of people, those at high risk include professional singers, ministers, teachers, sales people, aerobic instructors, homemakers, telephone operators and others whose daily activities cause them to use their voices extensively.
Our trained team of specialists uses advanced equipment to objectively analyze your particular voice problem.
First, the speech-language pathologist, and if appropriate, the singing voice specialist will analyze your particular voice disorder by measuring components relating to voice quality such as pitch, loudness and degree of hoarseness.
Next, the otolarynogologist examines your head and neck area and conducts a medical history to determine if your disorder might be medically related.
An exam of your throat and larynx (voice box) is made using telescopic, video-stroboscopic and other equipment. The total examination is painless and usually takes one hour.
The vocal cords, or folds, are studied with a unique device called a videostroboscope. The videostroboscope, consisting of a tiny video camera, a magnifying laryngeal scope and a flashing strobe light, projects an image onto an attached monitor allowing the voice team to actually study your vocal cords in action.
Once an evaluation and diagnosis of your condition has been made, treatment follows. If voice therapy is needed, you can expect to spend several 30-minute sessions with the speech-language pathologist. Medical problems will be treated.
You will learn the factors that contribute to your voice disorder. In addition, you will learn how to use your voice more effectively, strengthen weak areas and reduce your chances of voice fatigue and hoarseness. If you use your voice for singing, you can schedule an appointment with the singing voice specialist to assist in conditioning your voice for that area.
Appointments are necessary for an evaluation. Referral from personal physician is not required.
Payment may be required at the time of service. A portion or all of the evaluation cost may be covered by your medical appointment, call (217) 876-2600.