HOARSENESS AND THROAT CLEARING

The first sign of a voice disorder is mostly a change of vocal sound quality: the voice sounds hoarse, rough, breathy or irregular. In a more serious stage there might even be a complete voice loss.

I AM HOARSE ...

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mouth

... WITH THIS VOICE:

  • ROUGH
  • PRESSED
  • HIGH PITCHED
  • BREATHY
  • RASPY
  • CREAKY
  • DIPLOPHONIC
  • TOO LOW
  • TOO HIGH
  • TOO SOFT
  • VOICE LOSS
  • WITH PHLEGM
  • TREMOR
  • UNPREDICTABLE

I AM GETTING HOARSE ...

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... ESPECIALLY:

  • SMOKING
  • CRAMPS IN THE NECK
  • COUGHING
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS
  • STRESS
  • FEAR OF CANCER
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... MEDICALLY:

  • STROKE
  • PREVIOUS OPERATION
  • LARYNGEAL CANCER
  • NODULES
  • EDEMA
  • POLYP
  • MASS ON FOLD

THROAT CLEARING
Voice disorders are frequently associated with sensation changes in the neck and throat region, a feeling of increased secretion of saliva, or having a foreign-body-feeling, and sometimes also in combination with dry coughs.

A 36 year old male teacher, married, two children, since 10 years working full-time as a school teacher, suffers from hoarseness, and vocal fatigue after effortful speaking. Every afternoon he complains about a sore throat, dryness and frequent throat clearing. He refrains from talking and feels the urge to rest his voice. Sometimes, after vocal overload, he suffers from almost total voice loss. He is afraid of permanently losing his voice.

TOTAL VOICE LOSS
CAN RESULT IN THIS SITUATION


WE RECOMMEND A LARYNGEAL EXAMINATION
AFTER 3 WEEKS OF
CONTINUOUS THROAT CLEARING