What is a voice disorder?

A voice disorder is a medical condition which impacts the pitch, loudness, or quality of a patients voice. These disorders can involve structural changes to the vocal folds (cords), changes in the movement patterns of the vocal folds, or neurological changes that impact the voice.

Below are common symptoms associated with voice disorders:

  • Hoarseness

  • Breathiness (feeling of air escaping with your voice)

  • Excessive coughing or throat clearing

  • Fatigue when speaking

  • Reduced pitch range

  • Change in overall vocal quality

  • Difficulty speaking loudly

  • Loss of voice

  • Strain when speaking, or strain to produce voicing

An image of normal vocal folds under stroboscopy. Note the quality of the image.

An image of muscle tension dysphonia through videostroboscopy.

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