Voice Care | Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.

Norton Healthcare Voice Care

At the Voice Care Center, our mission is to improve vocal health and maximize voice performance for all activities. The Voice Care Center implements a multidisciplinary approach to voice care.

Voice Care Services

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 issues. If you experience any change in the way you feel or sound with regard to your voice, it is worthwhile to get an assessment.

In-office Procedures

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 also offer comprehensive swallow evaluations of both children and adults using high-definition fiber optic equipment.

Videostroboscopy

The Voice Care Center’s laryngologist and speech-language pathologists offer videostroboscopy, a state-of-the-art assessment tool that allows us to view the vocal folds (cords) in motion.

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 the voice care team with valuable information for developing a treatment plan. The patient is be able to view the vocal folds and receive the results of the videostroboscopy immediately. The examination also is discussed with and viewed by the referring physician.

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 issue 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 issues related to Parkinson’s disease
  • Spasmodic dysphonia
  • Vocal fold hemorrhage
  • Vocal fold dysfunction
  • Aging voice
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Hyper-/hypo-nasality
  • Chronic hoarseness
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Voice Care Center
Norton Medical Plaza 1 – St. Matthews
4001 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 629-1234

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