Voice disorders are any deviation in pitch, intensity, resonance or quality that renders a person’s voice “abnormal” to the listener. It may be caused by such reasons as overuse, viral and bacterial conditions, neurologic disorders, trauma, surgery, cancer and psychological difficulties.

Symptoms of Voice Disorders

  • loss of voice
  • voice breaking
  • hoarseness
  • volume (too loud/too soft)
  • changes in pitch
  • running out of breath at the ends of sentences
  • persistent throat clearing or coughing
  • foreign accent syndrome

Voice Disorder Treatment

Voice disorder treatment may include medication, surgery, voice therapy or a combination of these. The goal of voice therapy is to learn new/better patterns of voice production and to eliminate poor vocal habits.