Changes in the voice can signal a medical situation that needs further evaluation by a doctor. Hoarseness that persists well after a cold has resolved can be a sign of a voice disorder. If it hurts to talk, or if talking for extended periods of time results in loss of voice, vocal fatigue or hoarseness, then further evaluation is recommended. If you are experiencing any persistent problem with your voice, you need to talk to your primary care physician or seek further evaluation by an Otolaryngologist.
- Speaking voice: the voice is used throughout the day in normal conversation, on the phone, and for work. The speaking voice needs to be strong and healthy. Therapy is designed for each individual to meet their vocal needs and return to predictable and reliable vocal use.
- Performance voice: vocal performers have additional demands on their voices which requires more skill to match the vocal demands. Many vocal performers have medically based reasons for the difficulty they’re having and the treatment requires a team approach with and otolaryngologist in the voice specialist.
- Parkinson’s disease: people with Parkinson’s disease have very specific needs for their voice based on the changes that occur with reduced loudness. Irene is certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment program which is highly evidence-based and effective treatment.
- Voice in gender transition: transgender men and women often need specialized communication and voice training as they pursue their journey of gender reassignment.
- Video stroboscopy: Cohen Speech Pathology offers this specialized evaluation. Using a laryngoscope, additional functional evaluation of the voice can be completed with special emphasis on vibratory characteristics of the vocal folds when a sound is made. This is especially helpful for speakers and singers of all levels to form a thorough diagnostic picture.