Voice Clinic - Frequently Asked Questions

Why have I been referred to Speech and Language Therapy when there is nothing wrong with my speech?
Speech and Language Therapists treat a wide range of communication disorders arising from difficulty with speech, language and voice. Your voice problem has been referred to a Speech and Language Therapist who specialises in treating voice disorders.

Why have I been referred to Speech and Language Therapy when I have a feeling of a lump in my throat / throat clear frequently?
You may have been given the diagnosis of Globus Pharyngeus which is the sensation of a lump in the throat/throat discomfort. We have a particular interest in this problem having participated in research on treatment of Globus.

How long will my session take?
Sessions usually last forty minutes to one hour.

How many sessions will I require?
We encourage patients to follow the advice or work on the tasks given in between sessions and doing this most patients complete their course of treatment within four sessions. Some patients may require a longer course of therapy.

What does voice therapy involve?
Assessment which includes taking a case history to find the factors which have contributed to the voice problem, the use of a  questionnaire to find out how the patient is affected by it and recording the voice for future comparison. Acoustic analysis is possible using  the Laryngograph .

The voice problem is explained so that the patient has a full understanding of the factors contributing to their vocal difficulty.

Therapy involves the use of specific techniques designed to reorganise laryngeal function and promote optimal voice use in all the patients vocal endeavours together with voice care strategies to promote a healthy voice.

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