A voice disturbance is often called dysphonia, meaning your voice does not sound the way you need it to, or tires easily, causing discomfort or fatigue. This may be a result of neurological disorders, vocal fold paralysis, acid reflux, and vocal misuse or overuse.

Common Symptoms of Voice Disorders

  • Hoarse voice
  • Weak voice
  • Discomfort with speaking
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Chronic cough
  • Sensation of something in the throat
  • Vocal fatigue
  • Pitch breaks
  • Loss of singing range/quality
  • Difficulty with breath control/shortness of breath during speech, singing, or exercise

Common Voice Disorders

  • Laryngitis
  • Vocal fold lesions (such as nodules, polyps, and cysts)
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR)
  • Contact ulcer/granuloma
  • Laryngeal papilloma
  • Hyperkeratosis / leukolplakia
  • Muscle tension dysphonia
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia (SD)
  • Vocal fold paralysis or paresis
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Laryngectomy
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hyperventilation syndrome
  • Hyper/hyponasality
  • Dysarthria
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