Voice is produced when air from the lungs is transformed into a tone by the vibrating vocal folds, or vocal cords, in the larynx.

Voice has a number of characteristics – pitch, volume, quality and resonance. People can be very self-conscious about changes to the sound of their voice and many believe that their voice is a large part of that which defines who they are.

Signs of possible voice problems

These may include:

Some causes of voice problems

Changes to the sound of one’s voice often come about as the direct result of physical changes in the larynx. These changes may arise due to:

Frequently, people are referred for speech therapy in relation to voice disorders which appear to be occurring as a result of excess muscle tension in the larynx, usually resulting from life-stress.

Many voice disorders can be treated through a block of voice therapy. Some cases may require surgical intervention.

It is our preferred practice at Speech Pathology Tasmania, for our voice clients to seek an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist appointment before embarking on a course of voice therapy. Review by an ENT will involve directly observing the larynx and vocal folds. This enables diagnosis of physical factors which may be present and allows for an appropriate method of treatment to be selected.