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Voice Therapy - Adult Speech Therapy Services

Voice Therapy

Voice Therapy

If you are experiencing chronic hoarseness, frequent periods of laryngitis, or other voice problems,  such as Muscle Tension Dysphonia or Vocal Cord Dysfunction, you are likely a good candidate for voice therapy. We will work closely with your otolaryngologist, or ENT, to find the best treatment approach to improve your voice quality and overall vocal health.

Voice Therapy Montgomery County Maryland

Voice Therapy

Treatment sessions will typically target:

  • Reducing vocally abusive behaviors
  • Establishing better breathing habits to support your voice
  • Exercises to improve voice quality, pitch range, resonance, and to reduce muscle tension

Muscle Tension Dysphonia

What Is Muscle Tension Dysphonia?

Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD) is one of the most common types of voice disorders. It occurs when there is excess tension in the muscles surrounding your vocal cords or “voice box.”

This can be caused by irritation of the vocal cords, voice misuse, or stress. Symptoms include a hoarse or strained voice, changes in voice pitch, throat pain, or voice fatigue with use. MTD is often diagnosed by and Otolaryngologist or ENT.

How Can A Speech Therapist Help with MTD?

It’s important to find a speech therapist with experience treating voice disorders.

An experienced speech therapist can teach you how to take better care of your voice. This can include simple changes like decreasing your daily caffeine intake and improving your hydration.

Your speech therapist will also teach you exercises to decrease tension and to strengthen your voice. The clinicians at Adult Speech Therapy Services specialize in treating Muscle Tension Dysphonia. Call today for a free consultation.

Vocal Fold Dysfunction and
Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion

Vocal Fold Dysfunction

What Is Vocal Fold Dysfunction?

Vocal Fold Dysfunction (VFD,) also known as Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion (PVFM) is an often misdiagnosed condition resulting from irritation of the pharynx or upper airway.

This irritation causes episodes of breathing difficulty and sometimes a hoarse voice. These episodes can be triggered by reflux, allergies, odors, and many other factors. Oftentimes people with VFD are misdiagnosed with asthma or allergies before receiving an accurate diagnosis of VFD.

How Can A Speech Therapist Help with VFD?

Speech therapists, or speech-language pathologists, are very knowledgeable when it comes to the anatomy and physiology of the voice and throat.

Individuals with VFD are referred to SLPs to learn about the causes of VFD, it’s triggers and how to respond to and eventually prevent episodes of breathing difficulty. Call today for a free consultation.

Testimonials

"So happy that I found Jessica. She is awesome and helped me to strengthen my voice and taught me ways to keep it healthy. She is patient and well knowledgeable and gave me exercises to work on at home. My voice has become stronger and I am more confident using my voice throughout the day. Highly recommend!"
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