Voice is produced by the interplay between 3 components: breathing, vocal fold vibration and resonance. Air moves from the lungs which helps the vocal folds vibrate and make sound. This sound is then sculpted by the vocal tract (throat, mouth and nasal passages) to create our desired resonant sound quality.
A voice disorder can be caused by a breakdown of a singular component or combination of the above 3 components.
Symptoms of a voice disorder can include:
- consistent voice loss
- strained voice
- weak voice
- vocal fatigue
- throat pain when speaking
- pitch instability
There are many possible causes of the above symptoms, which may include:
- Vocal nodules, polyps or cysts
- Vocal fold haemorrhage
- Muscle Tension Dysphonia
- Spasmodic dysphonia
- Vocal fold paralysis
- Parkinson’s disease and other
- neurologic disorders
- Laryngeal cancer
Alongside voice therapy at VocaLab, an evaluation of your vocal folds by an ENT (Ear Nose and Throat specialist) is highly encouraged for a professional voice user, to document the functioning of your vocal folds and to rule out any deviant vocal pathology. An ENT evaluation can be organised through your GP. VocaLab will provide a referral and report of your voice assessment after your first consult with VocaLab.