How are voice disorders diagnosed?

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A doctor can typically diagnose a voice disorder by listening to your voice and examining your vocal chords. Abnormal changes in your voice (such as hoarseness) may indicate a voice disorder, but a visual examination is usually needed to reveal the cause. To examine your vocal chords, your doctor will likely employ the use of a light and mirror or an endoscope (a thin tube inserted into the throat). A doctor's examination can reveal the presence of an infection (laryngitis), vocal polyps, vocal nodules, contact ulcers, or cancer. All of these conditions are common causes of voice disorders.

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Voice Disorders

Some of the most common symptoms of voice disorders are a change in your voice (it becomes either deeper or raspy), you have trouble singing, your throat feels raw or itchy and you find yourself repeatedly clearing your throat. Th...

ese symptoms can be caused by inflammation, respiratory infection, growths on your vocal cords or just by overusing your voice if you are for example a professional singer or a member of a cheerleading squad. If you develop a voice disorder, you may want to see an otolaryngologist to determine the cause of your voice problem.
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