People can develop voice disorders for many reasons. These conditions affect the larynx, vocal cords, and other surrounding muscles and tissues. When the vocal cords become damaged, inflamed, or develop growths it can interfere with a person’s ability to speak, eat, and breathe. People with voice disorders can consult with an Ogden Clinic otolaryngologist about a variety of treatments available to them, including voice therapy, medications, vocal cord injections, and surgery.
There are many different kinds of voice disorders including, but not limited to, laryngitis, polyps, lesions, spasmodic dysphonia, and leukoplakia. Factors that contribute to these conditions include:
Ogden Clinic offers several tests and tools in Utah to diagnosis voice disorders. Before using any of the following tools, your doctor may apply a topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort.
Mirror: Similar to the mirror a dentist uses to examine your teeth, your doctor will insert an angled mirror into the mouth to observe any damage to the vocal cords.
Flexible laryngoscope: This flexible tube is inserted through the nose and has an attached light and camera to view the vocal cords.
Rigid laryngoscope: This rigid tool has an attached camera and light and is inserted through the mouth.
Videostroboscope: This tool uses a camera and a flashing light to create a slow-motion view of the vocal cords as they move and vibrate.
Acoustic analysis: For this test, your doctor will use a computer to measure any irregularities in the sound produced by the vocal cords.
Laryngeal electromyography: During this test, your doctor will insert small needles through the skin of the neck to measure electric currents in the muscles of the voice box.
Once your doctor has diagnosed your voice disorder in Utah, they can then prescribe appropriate treatment. To learn more about the types of tests we offer to diagnose voice disorders, please contact us at Ogden Clinic to schedule an appointment at one of our Utah ENT offices.