Voice , Swallowing & Throat - Procedures

Hoarseness

Hoarseness is a term used to describe a change in the voice. Those who suffer from hoarseness may describe a strained, rough or weak voice. They may also complain of an inability to project / raise their voice or change in how high or low their voice sounds (Pitch).

Hoarseness is a result of the vocal cords/folds in the voice box (Larynx) not working properly. Normally when we talk/sing the vocal cords/folds come together and vibrate. This creates a sound which is our voice. There are several causes of hoarseness. The most frequent are Laryngitis, Vocal polyps, Vocal nodules. Other less common causes are vocal cord paralysis or laryngeal tumours.

Depending on the condition, the treatment may include vocal hygiene measures, speech therapy, microlaryngeal surgery.

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