The human voice provides the basic sound for speech and singing. It expresses much of the meaning of what we want to say. Our voice tells other people a lot about our emotions, personality and physical and emotional health.
Children or adults may have a voice problem when they experience:
Any of these symptoms can happen when the vocal folds (vocal cords) in the larynx (voice box) are not working effectively.These symptoms may or may not be seen along with an abnormality in the larynx (e.g. swelling, inflammation, bleeding, fungal infection or tumour, paralysis of the vocal folds, tremor (shaking) of the larynx and/or vocal folds, or spasm of the vocal folds).
Speech Pathologists at Horizon work with those with voice difficulties, often in collaboration with Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists and often with singing teachers and gastroenterologists.