- Q How does surgery affect people with voice disorders?
In certain cases, the causes of voice disorders require surgery to be remedied. For instance, vocal polyps and nodules, which are abnormal growths on the vocal folds, sometimes need to be surgically removed. Follow-up vocal therapy can help to reduce the... Full Answer
- Q How do voice disorders affect quality of life?
Voice disorders generally do not dramatically affect quality of life. In most cases, these conditions are reversible when their underlying causes are addressed. Instances in which voice disorders may affect quality of life include cases of throat cancer... Full Answer
- Q Do voice disorders run in families?
Voice disorders are not inherited conditions; instead, they are conditions that result from misuse of the voice or from certain underlying illnesses. Rare exceptions to this rule include cases in which voice disorders are the result of inherited... Full Answer
- Q Are voice disorders serious?
Most voice disorder cases are not serious and can resolve when treated properly. Generally, vocal therapy is helpful for teaching proper voice techniques that protect the vocal chords from damage. However, in some cases, the causes of voice disorders can... Full Answer
- Q What is the rate of incidence for voice disorders?
Voice disorders can affect all people of all ages and are fairly common conditions. Certain types of voice disorders (and their underlying causes) are more typical of certain groups of people, however. For instance, singers, speakers, and children often... Full Answer
- Q Are there cures for voice disorders?
Whether or not your voice disorder can be cured depends upon its cause. In many cases, voice disorders are reversible once the underlying cause is addressed. Sometimes rest of the voice or vocal therapy can be enough to resolve a voice disorder, but in... Full Answer
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with a voice disorder?
To care for someone with a voice disorder, it is helpful to know the underlying cause of the condition. Voice disorders have a wide array of causes, including inflammation or irritation of the vocal chords (laryngitis), polyps, nodules, contact ulcers,... Full Answer
- Q How do I manage my voice disorder on a daily basis?
Managing your voice disorder on a daily basis will involve treating its symptoms and underlying cause. Typically voice disorders are brought on by vocal misuse or abuse (speaking a lot or in a way that might damage your voice). Refraining from misusing... Full Answer
- Q Can voice disorders be prevented?
Voice disorders can often be prevented by avoiding certain behaviors. Since smoking and vocal strain can both contribute to the development of voice disorders, avoiding these behaviors can dramatically reduce your risk for voice disorders. Smoking... Full Answer