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Who can benefit from voice therapy?

Updated: Apr 18

Our voices are fascinating instruments that allow us to communicate, express our emotions and connect with other people. Just like an instrument, our voices can sometimes require some fine tuning and care to refine the sound. Voice therapy can offer support and guidance to a wide range of individuals, assisting them in overcoming voice challenges or unlocking their full voice potential. Let's explore the different groups that frequently benefit from voice therapy.

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1. Individuals with a voice disorder

Common voice disorders include conditions such as vocal nodules, polyps or cysts, chronic hoarseness, vocal cord paralysis, vocal cord bowing and muscle tension dysphonia. A voice therapist can provide individualized treatments to improve vocal function and reduced discomfort.

2. Professional and occupational voice users

Singers, actors, educators, salespeople, attorneys, receptionists and many others rely on their voice for their profession and are often referred to as vocal athletes. Voice therapy can reduce fatigue, optimize vocal technique, increase vocal clarity and address vocal strain.

3. Individuals interested in vocal feminization or masculinization

Transgender, gender non-conforming individuals or anyone who would like to change the sound of their voice may be interested in exploring modifications in pitch, resonance, articulation, intonation and language to find a voice that feels more authentic.

4. Voice therapy for people with neurologic conditions

Common neurologic conditions affecting the voice include Parkinson's Disease, essential tremor, spasmodic dysphonia, stroke, MS and ALS. Neurologic conditions can result in changes in pitch, volume, cause weakness or spasm of the vocal cords and/or incoordination of breathing and voicing. Voice therapy can optimize communication, improve clarity and understandability.

For more information on voice disorders, see the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) or The Voice Foundation websites.

If you think you could benefit from voice therapy, reach out to Lake City Speech & Voice Therapy to discuss how we can help optimize your voice and communication. or 773.234.2349

*Please note that anyone suffering from voice changes for longer than 2 weeks should seek an evaluation from an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor (also known as an ENT or otolaryngologist), a laryngologist (an otolaryngologist specialized in voice) or other medical professional.

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