Speech therapy can offer many treatments for dysphonia, which is the medical term for voice disorders.

  • change in voice quality i.e. hoarse, breathy or strained.

  • voicing is effortful and/or causes discomfort.

  • total loss of voice - aphonia

  • voice quality does not match gender.

What causes dysphonia?

-trauma to the voice box i.e. post surgery.

​-misuse of the voice, which causes

structural changes i.e. vocal cord haemorrhage, cysts/polyps, vocal fold nodules.

​-incorrect voicing techniques with

excess tension in the muscles of the voice box.

​-nerve damage i.e. vocal fold paralysis.

​-inflammation or infection of the voice box due to poor vocal hygiene.

​-psychological reasons i.e. stress or anxiety.