Assessment of voice problem and examination of the larynx

Your voice may become hoarse due to laryngitis, stressed vocal folds or external irritants. In practice, hoarseness is due to imperfect closure of the opening between the vocal folds as a result of inflammation of the vocal folds, a scar, tumor or other unevenness. Hoarseness may also be caused by vocal fold paralysis, but this is a far rarer condition. The tolerance of the vocal folds differs from individual to individual. Excessive strain can ruin even the best-trained voice.

The assessment of your voice problem at the Voice Clinic includes a 45-minute consultation during which the problem is evaluated and the vocal folds are examined using a flexible endoscope. If necessary, additional studies at the voice laboratory and assessment by a speech therapist can be arranged.