How do voice disorders affect quality of life?

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In this video, Jason Bywaters, MA, CCC-SLP from Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center explains the ways voice disorders may affect a patient’s 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 and cases in which invasive surgery is required to remove abnormal growths. Vocal weakness or paralysis, often the result of neurological conditions or certain cancers, can also have long-term effects on quality of life. The voice is an integral part of human communication and language; without it, people have to learn alternate communication techniques to compensate for their loss.

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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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