Voice Disorders – Symptoms and CausesDr. Seemab Shaikh
Do you have voice disorders? If so, there are a few things you should know about the different types of voice disorders and their symptoms. Here are some tips to help with voice problems.
What causes voice disorders?
Here are some common causes of voice disorders:
A blow to the neck or throat, or surgery on the vocal cords, can cause long-term problems with the voice.
Screaming, shouting, and overusing the voice, in general, can cause hoarseness and strain. Many people constantly calling at work find that they develop a vocal problem.
These are involuntary noises people make when speaking but have difficulty getting their words out. Sometimes these tics will resolve themselves, while others will persist over time.
Some diseases such as diabetes can damage the vocal cords. Cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy may also affect the voice.
Some medications, particularly steroids like prednisone (commonly used for inflammatory conditions), can cause voice changes.
These can involve the larynx (voice box), thyroid gland, pharynx (throat), the esophagus (a passageway between throat and stomach), and the lungs.
Symptoms of voice disorders:
- Excessive vocal tension and decreased volume when speaking
- Pain or tightness in the throat, jaw, or facial muscles
- Hoarseness or loss of voice
- Chronic sore throat and earaches
- Trouble sustaining a pitch when singing
- Dry mouth or throat
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- Trouble controlling your voice while speaking, such as stuttering or “mouth full” speech.
- Inconsistent voice quality
- Vocal strain or pain after use
There are many causes of voice disorders. This is why it is vital to consult a medical or professional expert who can diagnose and treat the condition. For more detail, contact Dr. Seemab Shaikh at Pune.