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Throat and Voice

We have all at some point in our lives experienced a problem with our voice. While this may often be a temporary problem and resolve spontaneously, at other times the change is long lasting and possibly permanent. The temporary form of voice change is usually just a nuisance; however, to those who rely on their voice professionally, it can be devastating. Often the changes in voice occur acutely and resolve quickly, but other voice problems may occur gradually and go unnoticed for some time.

First, one has to recognize that the voice has changed. Awareness may occur as a result of a colleague or a family member mentioning that one’s voice has changed. A singer may notice that they cannot hit certain notes. Other symptoms such as pain during vocalization, shortness of breath, and the appearance of a small amount of blood when we cough will often bring the patient to their physician sooner.

The specialists at Tallahassee Ear, Nose and Throat are skilled at identifying vocal disorders and guiding you through appropriate rehabilitation.

Services

  • Laryngoscopy
  • Video Stroboscopy
  • Vocal Cord Surgery
  • Conditions

  • Hoarseness
  • Vocal Cord Nodules
  • Vocal Cord Lesions
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia

Tips For A Healthy Voice

  • Try your best to maintain good general health. Get adequate rest to minimize fatigue. If you do become ill, avoid “talking over your laryngitisee”- see your physician and rest your voice.
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a balanced diet, including vegetables, fruit and whole grains.
  • Maintain body hydration; drink two quarts of water daily.
  • Avoid dry, artificial interior climates and breathing soggy, polluted air.
  • Limit the use of your voice in high-ceilinged restaurants, noisy parties, cars and planes.
  • Avoid throat clearing and voiced coughing.
  • Stop yelling-avoid calling from room to room.
  • Avoid hard vocal attacks on initial vowel words.
  • Use the pitch level in the same range where you say, “Umm-hmm?”
  • Speak in phrases rather than paragraphs, and breathe slightly before each phrase.
  • Reduce demands on your voice- don’t do all the talking!

Voice Blog Posts

Voice Problems - Part 2

By Spencer Gilleon, M.D.

So now you have made it to the Ear, Nose and Throat physician’s office for ongoing voice problems, and you’re feeling somewhat nervous about this evaluation. Be reassured the examination is well tolerated and involves only a few minutes of direct visualization of the vocal cords. The ENT physician is well trained in recognizing problems of the throat and larynx that might affect your voice. Further examination may entail a strobe light exam and video recording of the vocal cords as you vocalize. Rarely, a patient may have to go to the operating room for microscopic examination of the vocal cords. This often occurs with children, as they are usually uncooperative with an endoscopic examination in the office.


Voice Problems - Part 1

By Spencer Gilleon, M.D.

We have all at some point in our lives experienced a problem with our voice. While this may often be a temporary problem and resolve spontaneously, at other times the change is long lasting and possibly permanent. The temporary form of voice change is usually just a nuisance; however, to those who rely on their voice professionally, it can be devastating. Often the changes in voice occur acutely and resolve quickly, but other voice problems may occur gradually and go unnoticed for some time.


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