Having a voice that works is something that we all take for granted. The larynx, or voicebox, is a delicate and complex mechanism of muscles, cartilages, ligaments and nerves that work together to produce voicing for speech. But, it is far more than this. Our voice is a very powerful tool, important to a person’s emotional and intellectual wellbeing. Much of who we are - our personality and self identity - is carried in our voice.
Our voice can be injured just like any other part of the body – we call this dysphonia, or a voice disorder. Voice difficulties, while not ‘visible’, can significantly impact our ability to work and socialise, and in some cases can be debilitating.
Speech pathologists play a major role in the assessment and management of voice disorders. At Eastside, our therapists develop individualised therapy plans designed to optimise vocal function and improve overall voice production. Please contact us to find out more about how voice therapy can help you.
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Voice difficulties can develop for a variety of reasons, including:
- Physical trauma, injury or surgical complications
- Organic lesions to the vocal fold anatomy (e.g. nodules, cysts, polyps, cancer)
- Acute or degenerative neurological conditions (e.g. stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease)
- Chronic illness or infection (e.g. recurring respiratory infections, HPV, hormone imbalance, severe reflux)
- Patterns of muscle tension or misuse (e.g. excessive shouting or throat clearing)
- Environmental irritants (e.g. dust/pollution, chemical/toxin exposure, smoking or substance abuse)
- Psychological factors (e.g. environmental stress, PTSD, gender dysphoria)