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Voice

We make our voice work by bringing our vocal cords together to produce sound. This is possible by the interactions between our respiration (breathing), phonation (voice), and resonatory (speech) systems.

Any change in one or all of the systems can lead to voice changes
e.g. Changes in respiratory system

Stress may lead to postural changes which can lead to an inadequate air supply resulting in a weakened voice where the person is unable to talk above background noise or project their voice.

Some symptoms of a voice disorder are:

  • Pitch Changes, i.e. too high or too low
  • Loudness Changes, i.e. too soft/loud
  • Quality Changes, i.e. hoarseness or breathiness
  • Vocal Habits, i.e. excessive throat clearing or coughing
  • Musculoskeletal problems, i.e. aching neck muscles/fatigue

Voice disorders can have a major impact on one's life due to:

  •  Financial costs to companies due to staff sick leave
  •  Emotional costs to the individual due to inability to express oneself due to vocal fatigue or effort
  • Financial Costs to the individual due to inability to fulfill work role which may mean under performance and possible job loss

Most vocal disorders can completely improve with speech therapy and the IMPORTANT thing to remember is that EARLY INTERVENTION IS A MUST!

It is always recommended that you see an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist (ENT) to rule out any medical pathology

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