Voice Problems

Voice Problems are Common

Nearly everyone will experience some change in voice throughout their lives.  Voice problems are usually short lived and get better on their own.

When a problem with your voice lasts longer than 2 weeks without improvement, patients should seek evaluation from a physician.

Signs You May Have a Voice Disorder

  • Your voice is hoarse and it doesn’t improve
  • Your throat feels raw and strained
  • Your voice has a roughness or raspy sound
  • Your voice sounds lower or deeper than normal
  • You can’t hit high notes when singing
  • Talking has become more difficult or uncomfortable
  • You feel you must frequently clear your throat

Common Causes of Voice Problems

  • Acute Laryngitis
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Voice Misuse and Overuse
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR)
  • Vocal Cord Nodules / Polyps

Less Common Causes of Voice Problems

  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Voice Misuse and Overuse
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia (spasm of the vocal cords that can create a strained or weak voice)