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Voice Disorders

Woman with Voice DisorderA hoarse voice can have several causes. A detailed history will be taken to determine the cause.

Symptoms and questions you may be asked:

  • How long has your voice been bad?
  • Does it get better or worse throughout the day?
  • Do you have a cough?
  • Does it hurt to swallow or talk?
  • Do you talk a lot, yell or sing?
  • Do you have allergies?
  • Do you have heartburn?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Is your voice raspy or give out mid-sentence?

Your doctor may look at your voice box with a scope to see it in action. This is a procedure that is done in the office.

Findings could be:

  • Inflammation from nasal drainage or heartburn.
  • Vocal cord nodules- calluses on the vocal cord.
  • A weak vocal cord.
  • Spasm of the vocal muscles.
  • Vocal cord polyps.
  • Swelling from smoking.
  • Infection.
  • Tumors.

Depending on the findings, treatments vary. Usually a hoarse or scratchy voice is more of an annoyance, but it could be symptoms of a bigger issue. So it is best to have it fully evaluated if it continues.