The human voice, produced by vocal folds (vocal cords) in the larynx (voice box), provides the basic sounds necessary for speaking and singing.
When a person notices an unexpected change in their voice or has a concern with one or more of the components of voice, they may have a voice problem.
There are many different types of voice disorders. Speech-language pathologists assess voice disorders, often in conjunction with an ear, nose and throat physician (ENT) (also known as otolaryngologist), to determine the nature of the voice problem, identify any contributing medical issues and guide treatment planning.
The way we speak and communicate is a fundamental reflection of our identity. When a person feels that their voice or communication style is incongruent with their gender identity, they may elect to see a speech-language pathologist for voice and communication training.
A speech-language pathologist can assist with strategies to modify voice and/or communication styles in a safe and effective way.
Speech-language pathologists evaluate voice use and function and provide evidence-informed treatments for voice disorders. In addition to voice assessment and therapy, speech-language pathologists can address concerns in other aspects of communication, including non-verbal, social-pragmatics and articulation/pronunciation.
You may be able to access a publicly-funded speech-language pathologist in a hospital or clinic in your area. In addition, speech-language pathology services may be covered by work or private insurance coverage – be sure to check with your provider.