VOICE PROBLEMS (DYSPHONIA)
Dysphonia 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.