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Voice problems

Voice problems collectively refer to disorders of respiration, pitch and resonance. These problems effect communication and can have many different causes.

What are voice problems?

Voice problems are disorders of respiration, pitch or resonance which have an effect on communication and can be caused by many different things. At Manchester SLT our highly specialist SLT's will be able to devise a speech and language therapy plan for an individual with a voice problem, so that they can manage their problem more effectively.

What different types of voice problems are there?

There are many different types of voice disorder and each one will vary in severity depending upon the origin of the problem. Voice problems can fall into three main categories and have different causes within these. They are listed below:

Organic

Organic voice problems include problems which are structural or neurological in nature and can be acquired. They are below:

Structural

Structural voice problems can include structural damage to the larynx through injury trauma, or problems affecting any part of the speech mechanism, including nodules or polyps on the vocal folds.

Neurological

Neurological voice problems include problems with acquired conditions which affect the use of the voice.

Behavioural

Muscular tension and misuse of the voice or vocal abuse is common with professions such as teachers or other professions which use their voice a lot.

Psychogenic

Psychogenic voice problems can include delay and conversational difficulties.

What causes voice problems?

There are many different causes of voice problems which can range from mild to severe. There are also professionals which may be more susceptible to voice problems due to the nature of the work and using the voice constantly, for example; teachers and performers. Causes can include:

  • Exhaustion
  • Viral infections.
  • Voice misuse.
  • Acquired neurological conditions such as a stroke or head injury.
  • Injury or trauma to the larynx.

Speech and language therapy for voice problems

Speech and language therapy for voice problems will vary according to severity and type of problem. Speech and language therapy and can be extremely beneficial to the individuals concerned and may cure the problem within only a few sessions. Management of voice problems may be needed to reduce the occurrences in the future. This is especially true if the nature of someone's work is affecting the quality of the voice. Voice problems will be assessed before treatment is commenced to ensure the right course of speech and language therapy is taken, referrals may also be needed of the cause is structural and needs medical intervention.

Benefits of speech and language therapy for voice problems

Benefits of speech and language therapy for individuals who have voice problems include:

  • Increased self-esteem and confidence.
  • Increase in intelligibility.
  • Knowledge on how to care for the voice and prevent future occurrences.
  • Techniques to control voice problems.
  • Reduced anxiety associated with the problem.
  • Reduced frustration and anxiety levels.
  • Increased social skills and willingness to interact with others.

How does a voice problem affect people?

A voice problem will affect people in different ways depending upon the severity of the problem. A voice problem could have a huge impact on an individual's self-confidence and self-esteem, which could cause a lack of motivation and expression in an individual.

How do I arrange an appointment with a speech and language therapist?

To arrange an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists at Manchester SLT, or if you would like more information about stammering and therapy, please contact us by emailing: info@manchesterslt.co.uk or calling: 0161 883 0111.

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