Voice Disorders

Thursday, October 30, 2014

We have all experienced problems with our voicestimes when the voice is hoarse or when sound will not come out at all. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about these voice disorders in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Voice is the sound made by air passing from your lungs through your larynx, or voice box. For most of us, our voices play a big part in who we are, what we do, and how we communicate.

Many things we do can injure our vocal cords. Talking too much, screaming, constantly clearing your throat or smoking can make you hoarse. These habits can also lead to problems such as nodules, polyps and sores on the vocal cords.

Other causes of voice disorders include infections, upward movement of stomach acids into the throat, growths caused by a virus, cancer and diseases that paralyze the vocal cords.

Signs that your voice isnt healthy include:

Your voice has become hoarse or raspy

Youve lost the ability to hit some high notes when singing

Your voice suddenly sounds deeper

Your throat often feels raw, achy or strained, or

Its become an effort to talk

Treatment for voice disorders varies depending on the cause. Most voice problems can be successfully treated when diagnosed early.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.