Voice Therapy involves changing the speaking behaviors by targeting different aspects of voice and/or speech production. It is provided for many common diagnoses including vocal cord nodules, hoarseness, and “bowing” of the vocal cords. Listed below are some of the treatment programs and tools used in voice therapy:
- Videostroboscopy is a procedure done to evaluate the structure and movement of the vocal cords and to examine surrounding muscles and tissues in the larynx. It involves the use of an endoscope which resembles a miniature metal telescope with a camera, microphone, and strobe light source. This is connected to a recording device and television monitor to capture images of the vocal cords at rest and while speaking.
- The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Program (LSVT) is an evidence-based voice therapy technique for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Current literature states that 89% of patients with Parkinson’s have voice and/or speech disorders but only 4% receive treatment. The LSVT is designed to increase vocal loudness through voice exercises, resulting in overall speech improvement. This technique can also be effective for treating voice disorders in patient with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other neurological disorders.
- Visipitch is computer software which allows the speech pathologist to measure the function and quality of a voice.
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