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Voice Therapy Services

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

SFS Therapies
Voice Therapy Services

The sound of your voice is an important part of your identity. It's used to make contact with others, convey emotions and create connections. Your voice is a part of your identity--you can often be recognized just by the sound of your voice.  Everyone needs their voice, particularly those who rely on their voice for their livelihood. This includes teachers, coaches, politicians, actors and singers. 

Sometimes your ability to produce a clear, strong voice may change. This is called dysphonia.

Voice problems can be caused by voice misuse and overuse (e.g. from yelling or straining to speak loudly). Disorders may also be associated with:

  • Reflux

  • Growths on the vocal cords (e.g. nodules, polyps)

  • Cancer or surgery

  • Allergies or asthma

  • Illnesses (e.g. common cold, bronchitis, laryngitis) and medications

  • Weakness, paralysis or involuntary movements of the vocal cords due to neurological diseases (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease)

When you have dysphonia, you may experience discomfort or fatigue while speaking, and your voice may become:

  • A hoarse, breathy, raspy or strained voice

  • A raw or aching feeling in your throat

  • A need to clear your throat or cough frequently

  • Reduced breath support when speaking

  • Inability to speak loudly (i.e. decreased volume)

  • Reduced pitch range (i.e. lowest to highest sounds) when speaking or singing

Voice Therapy Services

If the voice changes don't go away, you should see your physician for an evaluation. Your physician may refer you to an ear, nose and throat physician, who will examine you further and develop a treatment plan. As part of your treatment, you may be referred to a speech-language pathologist for voice therapy.

Voice evaluation

During your initial evaluation, the speech-language pathologist, also known as a speech therapist or clinician, will:

  • Ask questions about your medical history, lifestyle and voice usage

  • Ask you to perform some speaking tasks and make some non-speaking sounds

  • Use measurements and computer analysis to determine if loudness, pitch and other characteristics are significantly different from others of your gender and age range

  • Refer to a ENT who will use special equipment to observe and record the movements of your larynx, or "voice box"

If the therapist determines you would benefit from voice therapy, a treatment plan will be designed for you.

Voice therapy

Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT-LOUD) and Speakout! are available for persons with Parkinson's disease.

During voice therapy, you will be lead through a variety of tasks that address the physical aspects of voice production:

  • Improving breath support

  • Reducing muscle tension

  • Strengthening the vocal muscles within the larynx

  • Recommending lifestyle changes that can improve your voice

  • Developing an at-home treatment program for use between sessions

For More Information or To Book An Appointment, Please Call:

(702) 979-4268

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