Frequently Asked Questions

What is meant by “a voice disorder”?

A voice disorder is any deterioration of the pitch, tone, clarity, strength, comfort or volume of the voice.

What causes a voice disorder?

Voice disorders can be caused by any one, or a combination of, five factors. These are medical issues, lifestyle issues, vocal usage, emotional issues and the body/mind connection

How do I know when I should seek medical advice for a croaky voice?

Medical advice should be sought when a voice disorder has persisted for 30 days or when employment is threatened.

Why would I be referred to a counsellor for a problem with my voice?

The link between the psyche and the voice is acute and undeniable. Emotional issues may be a major factor in a voice problem. Counselling can resolve those issues that may be impeding the voice.

Why would a singer need speech therapy for a problem with their singing voice?

A functional problem requires the learning of a better vocal technique. The optimal technique needs to be incorporated initially into the speaking voice and then the singing voice benefits.

What’s involved in an examination of my voice?

A laryngoscope, which is a small telescope, is used via the nose to view and record the larynx as you speak or sing. A stroboscopic light through the laryngoscope allows viewing and analysis of the movement of the vocal folds.

Will the examination hurt?

The examination may seem uncomfortable but not painful. Anaesthetic spray is used to shrink and numb the lining of the nose in order to reduce discomfort.

Will I be able to speak/sing after examination of my voice?

Yes. The effect of the anaesthetic nasal spray should last approximately twenty minutes.

Could my singing teacher or vocal coach be present during my examination?

You are most welcome to bring your singing, acting teacher or vocal coach to your appointment. We are aware of the needs of professional voice users and are keen to develop a treatment regime that accommodates your needs

Can I have a copy of the recording of my voice?

You will be provided with the video recording of your voice as you speak and/or sing. This is important for your use or discussions with your singing teacher, speech pathologist or other healthcare professional away from Sydney. An important bench mark.

“The voice is the vehicle for expressing an internal process outwards.”
Isobel Kirk


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