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Voice Assessment & Therapy

SLP Endoscopix provides assessment and treatment of voice disorders and irritable larynx syndrome. Voice problems include: nodules, cysts, polyps, muscle tension, hoarseness, strain/pain & weak or "thin" voice. Irritable larynx syndrome is a cluster of symptoms not associated with a specific disease process. These may include: paradoxycal vocal fold motion/vocal cord dysfunction (sensation of difficulty breathing in), chronic cough/throat clearing, globus sensation (feeling of a lump in the throat), and irritation/discomfort in the throat.    

What causes a voice disorder:

Individuals may experience voice difficulties resulting from various underlying causes. These include structural issues (e.g. nodules, vocal bowing), functional problems (e.g. muscle tension), and neurogenic causes (e.g. stroke or traumatic brain injury, resulting in weakness or paralysis).

What causes irritable larynx syndrome:

Irritable larynx may be caused by increased sensitivity to various irritants or stimuli. These irritants may be internal (e.g. reflux, post-nasal drip) or external/environmental (e.g. cold air, allergens, smoke, odors and scents). Finally, strong emotions can be a trigger for irritable larynx syndrome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How SLP Endoscopix can help me or my patient?

 

We are able to evaluate voice quality and provide therapy and recommendations to help your voice work and feel better. We use a variety of assessment techniques, including in-depth case history and perceptual & acoustic analysis, in order to obtain a clear understanding of your voice or laryngeal issues. We then develop a treatment plan to align with your goals, and work to help you overcome your challenges with you voice or throat.

SLP Endoscopix works closely with various Otolaryngolosists (ENT specialists) and ensures good communication about your diagnosis, therapy and progress. This facilitates an interdisciplinary approach to successfully meeting your voice goals. 

What to expect during voice therapy?

Voice therapy involves education about the types of behaviours which helps and hurt your voice. This learning will help you care for your voice, to make it work and feel better. Therapy for voice disorders typically involves exercises to improve vocal quality and stamina, in order to strengthen the voice or release tension. The final aspect of voice work is to carry over what was learned in therapy into your every day life, so that your can maintain your new, healthy voice.

Contact us today for an expedited appointment! Send the Voice Referral Form to ilana@slpendoscopix.com or fax to 416.981.7733

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