Finding a medical specialists can help determine what might be wrong with your voice
Where to Start
There is no one path, but the following types of healthcare professionals are the ones you may see along your journey. Some voice clinics have an interdisciplinary approach where you’ll be treated by a team of professionals.
Your general practitioner may start the process to determine what might be going on with your voice. It’s important to advocate, research voice issues, be informed, and be ready to have a productive conversation. Your general practitioner may refer you to one or more of the following specialists listed below.
The specialists who treat voice disorders include:
Otolaryngologists focus on disorders and conditions of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) region and related areas of the head and neck.
Laryngology is a subspecialty within otolaryngology that focuses on diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of disorders of voice, airway and swallowing. After postgraduate fellowship training, these physicians are often active in clinical and basic science research to help advance the field’s understanding.
Speech-language pathologists, especially those specializing in voice, can help with voicing and breathing techniques and often work with an MD on treating disorders like SD. Training includes post-graduate university training, certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (the initials CCC-SLP), and licensing from the state. Although all SLPs receive some training in voice problems, considerable additional clinical experience is required to conduct effective voice therapy.
Movement Disorder Specialists
Neurologists focusing on movement disorders will help determine if any neurological components are present, such as SD or vocal tremors.
Finally, a Diagnosis
A diagnosis may feel like a weight has lifted but can lead to many more questions. Now, the rest of the work needs to be done:
- Understanding what you are dealing with
- Treatment options
- Rebuilding your self-confidence
Discovering that you have a voice disorder can be difficult, but you’re not alone as you move forward. Regardless of the type of voice disorder you’re experiencing, please understand that support is available. This site offers a wealth of information to assist you, and we’re here to provide assistance along the way.