Hoarseness & Voice Disorders Specialist

ENT and Allergy Specialists -  - Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor

ENT and Allergy Specialists

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors located in Bryn Mawr, Pottstown, Phoenixville, and East Norriton, PA

While losing your voice during your child’s playoff game is one thing, chronic hoarseness is quite another. Hoarseness and other voice disorders may be signs of something more significant that requires medical intervention. ENT and Allergy Specialists helps patients in Bryn Mawr, Phoenixville, Pottstown, and East Norriton, Pennsylvania get to the bottom of hoarseness and voice disorders and regain their voices. To learn more, call or use the online scheduling form to book an appointment.

Hoarseness & Voice Disorders Q & A

What Causes Hoarseness?

Hoarseness isn’t a condition, but the byproduct of a problem in your vocal cords, such as:

  • Swelling leading to laryngitis
  • Cold or flu
  • Lesions on your vocal cords
  • Vocal hemorrhage
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Allergies
  • Neurological disorders
  • Injury
  • Thyroid condition

 

Several things can contribute to hoarseness, even merely over-exercising your voice at a local ballgame. But, if your hoarseness doesn’t clear up after a week or two, it would be prudent to have a specialist check it out.

How is Hoarseness Treated?

After an extensive evaluation, your doctor at ENT and Allergy Specialists designs a treatment plan based on your diagnosis. If laryngitis is at the root of your problem, time usually does the trick, allowing the swelling in your vocal cords to go down. Similarly, you may have to weather the cold or flu that brought on your hoarseness.

If other health conditions, such as smoking, allergies, or GERD, are causing your hoarseness, your doctor works with you to treat the condition. If you suffer from chronic hoarseness brought on by nasal drip, you may need to undergo nasal or sinus surgery to clear out your passageways.

What is a Voice Disorder and What Causes Them?

Problems with your vocal cords, voice box, or larynx cause voice disorders, which make them different from speech disorders. Changes in your voice's quality characterize voice disorders, which means your voice sounds as if it's breaking, strained, higher pitched, raspy, or hoarse.

The most common causes of voice disorders include:

  • Laryngitis
  • Spasmodic dysphonia, which is a nerve problem that causes your vocal cords to spasm
  • Vocal cord paralysis due to infection, injury, stroke, or cancer
  • Stress

 

How are Voice Disorders Treated?

After a comprehensive evaluation, which includes a review of your symptoms and your medical history, along with a physical examination and diagnostic imaging, your otolaryngologist comes up with an appropriate treatment plan that may include:

  • Medications
  • Speech therapy
  • Surgery

 

To learn more about diagnosing and treating hoarseness and voice disorders, call ENT and Allergy Specialists, or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.

What we offer

Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy Services