Voice disorders involve anything that impacts your ability to speak as you normally have. Voice disorders can develop suddenly or over time, but almost all voice disorders involve a noticeable change in how you're able to communicate with others.
If you're dealing with an unexpected change in how your voice sounds, it's not surprising if you're a little bit concerned. So, it's understandable if you're looking for answers to what 's causing the change in the way your voice sounds and when to see a doctor, if at all.
Common symptoms of voice disorders include:
If you're dealing with any of the above symptoms, then you're probably dealing with a condition that is the result of a voice disorder. At some point, almost everyone has to deal with a voice disorder. That doesn't mean you shouldn't understand why your voice may suddenly be different, what types of voice disorders there are, or when to see a doctor.
So, let's take a closer look at what causes a voice disorder, the different types of voice disorders, treatments, and how the professionals at ENT Utah can help you.
You already know your voice sounds different, maybe even far from normal. When you have a voice disorder, you're dealing with an abnormality affecting the voice box, vocal cords and their proper function.
When the vocal cords aren't functioning properly, the causes are often related to:
Again, these are only causes that are underlying a more specific disorder.
Voice disorders vary greatly, as do their causes. Some can be temporary and require no treatment, while others can be permanent or require surgery and voice therapy.
Different types of voice disorders require different types of treatment. In cases where the disorder is the result of an infection, the disorder may go away on its own with the aid of rest and drinking fluids. Or, in the case of a bacterial infection, a course of antibiotics may be appropriate. For other disorders like acid reflux, it may come down to a change in diet. And in cases like growths, tests will probably be needed to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
The best way to find the treatment that's right for you is to consult your healthcare provider or seek out the help of professionals like the team at ENT Utah.
If your voice hasn't gotten better after a couple of weeks, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor. However, if you're concerned about your voice or voice disorders in general, schedule an appointment if you can. And if you're experiencing anything like:
Then you should seek immediate medical care.
If you're experiencing issues that may be related to a voice disorder, or if you would like more information, visit our website or contact our team at (801) 893-4905 today. The specialists at ENT Utah are experts at treating voice disorders. We'll work with you to develop a treatment plan that's tailored to your needs.