Voice disorders are more common than a lot of people think. Information from the American NIDCD (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders) suggests that around 7.5 million Americans have some form of impaired speech. Here in London, voice disorders are similarly prevalent. ENT doctors play an extremely important role in the treatment of voice problems. Here are some of the ways that they can help.
The first thing that an ear nose and throat doctor can offer patients with voice disorders is proper diagnosis. It takes specialized training to be able to accurately determine the root cause of a person’s voice problems. Without this crucial step, there is no guarantee that any of the treatments will actually improve the patient’s voice disorders. In some cases, the wrong treatment can actually make a person’s voice problems worse.
Unfortunately, it is relatively common for people in London to miss out on treatments that could have helped them, because they are incorrectly diagnosed. Avoid this problem by getting an accurate diagnosis from a certified an ear nose and throat doctor.
Once voice disorders have been properly identified, ENT doctors can begin the process of treatment. For many patients, vocal therapy is the first step. Many voice problems are acquired through improper vocal technique, and they can be cured by adopting healthier speaking habits. For example, many London teachers put undue strain on their voices as they try to be heard over crowded, noisy classrooms. If a teacher can learn to speak in a way which doesn’t tax her voice, her voice disorders may disappear by themselves.
In certain cases, ENT doctors will also suggest vocal rest. Refraining from speaking for a certain period of time can give the vocal cords a chance to recover. When combined with other forms of treatment, resting your voice can help you to overcome your voice problems.
Medication can also be helpful sometimes. Certain forms of medication can help to reduce inflammation and soothe irritated structures. ENT doctors know exactly which forms of medication will provide the optimal amount of help and relief for a patient’s particular voice problems.
Finally, surgery may be necessary in some situations. Some voice disorders are caused by conditions that cannot be cured without surgery. For example, the development of growths on the voice box can impair speech. These growths may need to be excised before the voice problems can be improved. Thankfully, you don’t have to travel far to get surgeries of this sort; they can be performed right here in London.