Frequently Asked Questions

What is 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?

There are many factors that contribute to the development of a voice disorder. This includes medical and lifestyle issues,  vocal use, stress and the functioning of the brain-body 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 your employment is being impacted.

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

The psychologists who are part of our Voice Connection team have expertise in the management of functional voice disorders. During your consultation at the clinic, our team may recommend that you meet with one of our psychologists if lifestyle factors, stress or the functioning of the brain-body connection are contributing to your voice difficulties. Psychologists can help you develop strategies to manage some of these contributing factors.

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

The singing instrument (the voice box or “larynx”) is the same instrument we use to speak. A problem that impacts one voice can likely impact the other. Sometimes, a problem can only be detected in one voice as it is more affected, or because you have higher standards for one voice than the other. A speech pathologist can work on issues such as muscle tension in both a speaking and singing voice context and can work in tandem with your singing teacher or vocal coach, to find a balance between artistic qualities and vocal health.

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 be 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 a 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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