Speaking Voice Therapy

After we assess your daily voice use and the way you produce voice, we create a custom treatment plan to help you return to your usual home, work and leisure activities. You will be given exercises to do at home to improve your voice and maintain the benefits you receive during your therapy. Much of your improvement depends on doing these exercises and keeping follow-up appointments.

What is voice therapy?
Speaking voice therapy is an important part of a complete treatment plan for voice disorders. It is a behavioral approach to resolve your voice disorder through techniques and exercises. Voice therapy is often used as a ‘front line’ treatment for vocal nodules, vocal polyps and other disorders. It targets respiration (breathing), phonation (voice) and resonance. On average, voice therapy is done in 4 to 8 sessions. We work with you to develop goals and strive to reach voice improvements such as:

  • Better breath support
  • Clearer speaking tone
  • Reduced strain or effort
  • Increased volume
  • Vocal endurance

Our speech language pathologists are specially trained to treat voice disorders. Their areas of expertise include:

  • Resonant voice exercises
  • Oral airflow techniques
  • Loud voice building
  • Vocal function exercises
  • Abdominal/diaphragmatic breath-work
  • Laryngeal massage

Common Voice Problems

“My voice sounds hoarse and scratchy”
If your hoarseness lasts longer than 2 weeks, tou may need to have your vocal folds looked at with a scope (called endoscopy) while using a strobe light (stroboscopy) to assess your vocal folds in detail.

“It hurts to talk”
Pain, vocal fatigue or strain may be due to a number of issues, including reflux, too much muscle tension in the neck and larynx, or lesions in your larynx.

“I can’t reach my high range while singing”
Our clinicians are skillfully trained in voice care and can work with you to work around problems that affect your singing ranges.