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Voice Disorders

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Hoarseness can be caused by abnormal growth on the vocal cords, such as Cord Polyps, Nodules, and Paralysis. Persistent hoarseness (lasts for weeks or months) can be caused by a variety of problems.

ENT Laser – A Decade of Excellence

  • Since 2003, our transdisciplinary team of speech therapists and consultant otorhinolaryngologist combined endoscopic evaluation and instrumental analysis to provide one-stop assess,emt and treatment of voice disorders.
  • On 2007, our speech therapists has been appointed as clinical instructor by the Voice Clinic of Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, The University of Hong Kong.
  • Since 2008, our consultant otorhinolaryngologist has participated in researches contributing to the treatment of voice disorders, conducted by Voice Clinic of Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, The University of Hong Kong.
  • Our centre is the only speech therapy institution that has invited the founder of Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy, and Professor of The University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Verdollini Abbott, for three times, to lecture speech therapists in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. About 300 speech therapists attended the lectures.
  • Our centre has introduced from the United States, two empirically supported approach to treatment of voice disorders: Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy and Adventures in Voice.

 Introduction

Possible Causes for Hoarseness:

Excessive use of the voice (as in shouting or singing)
  • Allergies & Postnasal drip
  • Excessive use of irritating substances (e.g. alcohol or tobacco)
  • Hearing Loss
  • Developmental disorders (e.g. Autism)
  • Frequent throat clearing and coughing
  • Viral infection
  • Gastric reflux
  • Tonsillitis
  • Ingestion of a caustic liquid
  • Foreign body ingestion
  • Cancer of the voice box (Laryngeal cancer)

Signs and symptoms of voice problems
  • Loses voice (becomes aphonic), pitch breaks voice becomes tired easily
  • Voice either too loud or too soft
  • Compared with same gender and age groups, voice is of too low or too high pitch
  • Voice often sounds raspy, hoarse, or harsh.
  • Voice has unusual nasal quality
  • Feeling of lumpiness in the throat
  • Throat is often too dry
* Voice problems have persisted over a period of time (at least 6 weeks) (add in voice problem clip)


 Assessment

Our speech therapists combined instrumental analysis with perceptual evaluation to assess our clients’ voice. Clients suspected of vocal folds abnormities can also be referred to our otorhinolaryngologist for endoscopic evaluations.


 Treatment

About Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy (LMRVT)

Our center is the ONLY speech therapy center who has invited Dr. Verdollini Abbott to conduct voice training workshop. She was the founder of Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy (LMRVT). In year 2010, our center has organized LMRVT Asian Tour with other speech therapy associations in Singapore, India and Taiwan. Our center's speech therapists are ALL certified provider of Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy (LMRVT).
Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy (LMRVT) was widely used in the United States and other countries. The efficacy of resonant voice therapy to improve voice quality was highly evidence-based. Initial and recent studies showed that resonant voice training was useful in helping to improve the signs and symptoms associated with vocal fold nodules and polyps (Verdolini-Marston, Burk, Lessac, Glaze, & Caldwell, 1995).
Dr. Katherine Verdollini Abbott, Professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders, has developed a systematic approach of Resonant Voice Therapy called Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy (LMRVT). All patients who receive voice training have goals of producing a strong and clear voice over a distance or in background noise as well as to prevent future injury to vocal folds.

The program focuses on:
  • Individualized voice care program by therapist
  • Introduction of resonant voice and explore how it can SOUNDS good and FEELS good
  • Variable practice (i.e. practice on resonant voice on words, phrases, sentences)
MoreClient's Sharing
“ My speech therapist was fantastic at listening, observing, and articulating my problems to me. The conversational style of the sessions allows me to acquire the skills in a comfortable, pressure-free, and enjoyable environment.
Betty