Voice, Speech & Swallowing

Laryngology is a branch of medicine that deals with illnesses and injuries of the larynx, often called the voice box. Laryngology also deals with voice disorders and treatments. The larynx sits in the neck and houses the vocal cords. The larynx is vital in the body's production of sound - speech, language and cognitive disorders

Several disorders of the larynx can be caused by strain or injury to the vocal cords through excessive talking, throat clearing, coughing, smoking, screaming, singing, or speaking too loudly or too low. Eventually, frequent vocal abuse and misuse can cause permanent changes in vocal function and possibly the loss of voice. 

Voice Disorders

  • Laryngitis

  • Vocal cord nodules

  • Vocal cord polyps

  • Vocal cord hemorrhage

  • Professional voice disorders

  • Spasmodic dysphonia

  • Laryngeal papillomatosis

  • Vocal fold paralysis 

  • Laryngeal Reflux

  • Laryngeal cancer

  • Laryngeal stenosis

  • Dysphagia

Other conditions that may cause voice, speech and swallowing problems
  • Neurological disorders
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Head trauma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Functional Communication Program (FCP), for patients with diagnosis of mild dementia

Voice, Speech and Swallowing Disorder Treatments

  • Minimally invasive endoscopic voice surgery, including laser
  • Minimally invasive injection thyroplasty
  • Open thyroplasty for vocal cord paralysis
  • Cricopharyngeal myotomy for dysphagia
  • Videofluoroscopic swallow study
  • Minimally invasive endoscopic management of Zenkers’s diverticulum
  • Videostroboscopy and complete voice diagnostic laboratory
  • Clinical treatment for hyperfunctional and hypofunctional voice
  • Disorders, vocal cord dysfunction, laryngeal/pharyngeal dystonia
  • Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing with sensory testing
  • Clinical/behavioral swallow evaluation
  • Dysphagia therapy including electrical stimulation therapy for neurologically related dysphagia and post radiation fibrosis
  • Open procedures for tumors of larynx