The Voice and Swallowing Center
Our Birmingham Voice and Swallowing Center is equipped with the latest state of the art equipment to visualize and analyze the structure and vibratory characteristics of the vocal cords.
The Laryngeal Strobe, Model 9400 is the latest version of the acclaimed KayPENTAX stroboscopy light sources. The VNL-1170K flexible distal chip features a full screen display of high-resolution images. Rigid and flexible distal chip capabilities offer our patient the best possible visualization of the larynx for voice and swallowing examinations.
Our Laryngeal Video EndoStroboscopy (LVES) and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) offer our patient the latest in technologic observation of the voice and swallowing mechanisms. These instrumentations allow us to accurately diagnosis voice and swallowing problems experienced by our patients.
Complete voice evaluations include a Digital Strobe Voice Analysis so that our patient’s baseline and reassessment of voice captures objective data of their fundamental frequency (pitch) intensity and measurement of perturbation (hoarseness.) This feature allows each patient to see and hear with additional graphs and plots their own voice analysis. Our voice case history includes patient description of vocal use, vocal habits and vocal deficits experienced in the everyday use of their voice.
Treatment is prescribed on an individual basis per each patient’s diagnosis and personal voice goals. Specific and time measured goals are provided for each patient. Voice treatment allows the patient to become aware of their vocal production and make the proper changes to achieve their optimal voice that serves them best. Our Voice lab conducts evaluations of a variety of vocal problems ranging from the most common compliant of “hoarseness” to those voice complaints that may be a result of surgery, illness or injury. Specific treatment exercises and changes in vocal production result in improved voicing that is produced easy and without effort or strain.
Vocal hygiene and vocal education along with strategies to address common contributing factors to poor voice production is also addressed. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), muscle tension dysphonia, laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), poor hydration, vocally abusive behaviors, contributing occupational hazards that adverse affect voicing are also addressed. Voice disorders can also be a sign of other medical conditions and proper referrals are made as appropriate.