Speech, Language, & Voice Disorders

Voice disorders (also known as dysphonia) occur when the quality, pitch or volume of your voice differs The cause can be anything that affects your voice box, such as overuse or straining of your voice, a physical abnormality or a neurological disorder. Here at Houston Methodist, our neurologists, speech language pathologists and otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialists) work as a team to treat voice disorders across a wide spectrum of common to rare conditions:

  • Neuro-laryngology includes vocal-cord paralysis and spasmodic dysphonia
  • Stuttering, a speech disorder in which sounds, syllables or words are repeated or prolonged, disrupting the normal flow of speech
  • Speech-Motor Compromise includes aphasia and dysarthria

Your larynx, which includes the vocal cords, is a complex structure that resides between your throat (the pharynx) and the airway leading to the lungs (the trachea). The coordinated movements of speech can be highly susceptible to disruption by neurologic disorders such as Parkinson's diseaseessential tremorstrokeamyotrophic lateral sclerosismultiple sclerosis and dystonia . It is important to have a diverse team of specialists to diagnose and manage any problems with a vocal disorder.

Our team will work closely with your primary care physician to provide effective symptom management if you are suffering from vocal cord disorders. The approach we follow will integrate experienced neurologists, neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, speech therapists and others health care professionals as needed.

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