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What are the symptoms of most voice problems?

Hoarseness is one of the most common symptoms of voice problems. Other common symptoms of voice disorders include effortful talking, persistent pain or sore throat with voice use, reduced volume, chronic cough or throat clearing, and reduced vocal endurance.

What are some examples of voice disorders?

Some examples include recurrent laryngitis, vocal fold paralysis, presbylaryngeus (aging voice), papilloma, cancer of the vocal folds, benign essential tremor, vocal fold web, muscle tension dysphonia, and benign vocal fold growths such as polyps, nodules, cysts, and granulomas. There are also some breathing disorders that are related to the larynx (voice box) rather than the lungs. These disorders may or may not affect the voice, but are also treated at our center.

How are voice disorders treated?

The Voice Disorders Center at the University of Utah provides a number of different behavioral, pharmaceutical, surgical, and medical management options. A proper diagnosis and thorough evaluation are necessary prior to treatment planning.

New research in spasmodic dysphonia (SD), vocal fold bowing, and laryngeal hydration

Potential risk and protective factors of SD

Treatment for the aging voice

Laryngeal hydration in singers

Voice Disorders Center in the media

KSL 5 story: Are Voice Disorders a hidden threat?

KUTV: Dr. Kendall - How to keep your voice healthy

ABC 4 Good Things Utah with Dr. Tanner

ABC Word News: Celebrity Voices Saved by Surgery

ABC 4 Good Things Utah with Dr. Tanner

Listen and read Dr. Nelson Roy's interview on NPR discussing functional dysphonia

ENT Today Article - Airway Disorders Clinic: Interviews with Dr. Marshall Smith and Dr. Mark Elstad

Classical 89 radio interview with a former patient of the Voice Disorders Center

KSL 5 story: Singer repairing voice after injury

FOX 13 story: Botox for spasmodic dysphonia with Dr. Smith

ABC 4 Good Things Utah with Dr. Tanner

KSL Studio 5 with Dr. Smith

KUTV story: voice disorders

ABC 4 Good Things Utah with Dr. Smith

Deseret Morning News article: voice disorders

ABC 4 story: voice disorders in teachers

To make an appointment please call 801-587-8368 and ask for an appointment at the Voice Disorders Center.

Voice Disorders Center
729 Arapeen Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

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