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Vocal Disorders Program
Northwest Hospital's Voice Disorders Program helps individuals who face vocal challenges. Licensed speech-language pathologists can help you improve your speaking voice, learn good vocal habits, retrain the use of your voice and teach you strategies to avoid damaging your vocal mechanism.
Everyone experiences occasional problems with their voice, such as hoarseness or times when they cannot produce any sound at all. A voice problem may be related to allergies, an upper respiratory infection or overuse. Continued trauma can damage the vocal folds and cause temporary or permanent damage in vocal function and voice quality, as well as possible loss of the voice. Diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, multiple sclerosis or stroke may also cause changes to the voice.
Our team of licensed, certified speech-language pathologists includes voice specialists who can evaluate and provide individualized therapy designed to:
- Improve vocal economy
- Reduce vocal strain
- Protect and heal the vocal mechanism
- Maximize communication effectiveness
Northwest Hospital's Voice Disorders Program uses a computerized voice analysis system called SonaSpeech to perform a voice assessment and provide real-time feedback during therapy. Your therapy will include a baseline assessment of your voice, including pitch, volume, voice quality, rate, resonance and inflection patterns.
Based on this assessment, individualized therapy programs may include:
- Information about the anatomy and function of the voice system, including how sound is made, the difference between voice and speech, and how volume and pitch are controlled
- Lee Silverman Voice Treatment
- Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy
- Casper-Stone Confidential Flow Therapy
- Vocal function exercises
- Training on breathing and relaxation
- Education, training and reference materials on how to change your behavior and keep your voice production system healthy
- Techniques to maximize the quality of your voice
A physician's referral is required. Call 206.368.1848 for more information.