The Voice Care Center
Does your voice:
- Feel or sound different?
- Make it difficult for you to be heard?
- Require more effort than you feel necessary?
- Vary in quality during the day?
At the Voice Care Center, our mission is to improve vocal health and maximize voice performance for all activities. The Voice Care Center is the region’s only comprehensive voice center implementing a multidisciplinary approach to voice care.
Voice Care Services
What is a voice disorder?
Symptoms of voice disorders include discomfort or strain when talking or singing, hoarseness, roughness, breathiness or weakness in the voice. A voice disorder may result from many causes, including overuse or misuse of the voice, benign or cancerous lesions, or one of many medical conditions that contribute to voice problems. If you experience any change in the way you feel or sound with regard to your voice, it is worthwhile to get an assessment.
The Voice Care Center offers a variety of in-office procedures by our laryngologist, Swapna Chandran, M.D., making treatment of voice disorders easy in an outpatient setting without the need for anesthesia. BOTOX™ and other vocal fold injections can be skillfully performed in the comfort of our in-office suite. We are also the only center to offer comprehensive swallow evaluations of both children and adults using high-definition fiber optic equipment.
The Voice Care Center has the only high-definition videostrobe in the Louisville area, allowing our laryngologist and speech-language pathologists to offer videostroboscopy. Videostroboscopy is a state-of-the-art assessment tool that allows us to view the vocal folds (cords) in motion and is considered the “gold standard” in evaluation of voice disorders.
Vocal folds vibrate so fast that they cannot be viewed in motion with the naked eye. Our high-definition equipment provides a magnified view through the type of slow motion that uses a strobe light to slow the vibrations.
The image captured is studied in detail and provides your voice care team with valuable information in developing a treatment plan. You will be able to view your vocal folds and receive the results of the videostroboscopy immediately. The examination also will be discussed and viewed by your referring physician.
What is voice therapy?
Many voice disorders can be treated with medications and/or behavioral modifications. Sometimes surgery is necessary. Voice therapy often is the first-line treatment option. It involves teaching techniques and exercises to rebalance the systems necessary for optimal voice. Patients are given specific exercises to continue at home to improve their voice and maintain the benefits received during therapy sessions. The same voice problem may require different treatment options for different people. We work to find the most efficient method for regaining or enhancing vocal quality.
Voice therapy is used to treat a variety of voice disorders, including:
- Vocal nodules, cysts and polyps
- Vocal cord paralysis
- Voice problems related to Parkinson’s disease
- Spasmodic dysphonia
- Vocal fold hemorrhage
- Vocal fold dysfunction
- Aging voice
- Swallowing difficulty
- Chronic hoarseness