Voice is how we support speech and communication. It is defined as unusual vocal quality, pitch, loudness, resonance, and/or duration. Which means rate (speed of speech), breath support (how long we can speak before taking a breath), and/or resonance (ability to open our mouth and coordinate air flow to shape our sounds.) is impaired.
We have all experienced problems with our voices. There are certainly times when our voice is hoarse or when sound will not come out at all! Colds, allergies, bronchitis, exposure to irritants such as ammonia, or cheering for your favorite sports team can result in a loss of voice. Some disorders can cause prolonged difficulty with speech and communication:
•Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps
•Vocal Cord Paralysis
•Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement
If you are experiencing any of the above voice disorders please or prolonged difficulty with hoarse, rough sounding, or breath voice talk to your Doctor about a Speech Evaluation. Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) provide education and strategies for improved voice quality and increased ease of speech. Ignoring voice difficulties can increase symptoms and difficulties with communication.