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Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal

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Posted on June 23, 2010 at 5:20 AM


By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Our voice is produced by the vibration of the vocal cords caused by air passing out through the voice box [larynx] bringing the cords closer together.


Proper care and use of your voice improves the likelihood of having a healthy voice for your entire lifetime.

How Do I Know If I Have A Voice Problem?

• Change in quality of voice- voice sounds harsh or rough

• Pain on speaking- a sharp or dull pain may occur on speaking for long

• Voice breaks on singing or speaking

• Loss of pitch

• Loss of voice range

Tips To Identify Voice Problems

Ask yourself the following questions to determine if you have an unhealthy voice:

• Has your voice become hoarse or raspy?

• Does your throat often feel raw, achy, or strained?

• Does talking require more effort?

• Do you find yourself repeatedly clearing your throat?

• Do you feel a lump sensation in your throat?

• Do people regularly ask you if you have a cold when in fact you do not?

• Have you lost your ability to hit some high notes when singing?

What is the cause for the change in my voice?

It may be broadly divided into:

• Vocal cord inflammation- such as in acute laryngitis

• Vocal cord lesions

• Vocal cord paralysis

• Dysphonia

• Laryngopharyngeal reflux [acid reflux]

• Vocal cord cancer - a change in the voice is often the first symptom of cancer larynx[ voice box] and prompt detection and treatment has excellent cure rate


Why do voice problems occur?

Conditions affecting the vocal cords producing a change in the voice may develop due to:-

• Smoking

• Excess voice use

• Voice abuse as in screaming or shouting

• Acid reflux[Laryngopharyngeal reflux]

• Infection

• Injury as in an accident or following intubation [ for a surgery or for ventilation support]


• Hormonal imbalance- thyroid problems[hypothyroidism]

• Drugs :- many drugs can have an injurious effect on the voice- inform your ENT specialist if you are taking any regular medicines

• Neurological conditions

What should I do if I have a problem with my voice?

• Take care of your voice-Do not strain it further by shouting, singing ,whispering or talking more than is necessary

• Drink adequate fluids

• Keep your acidity under control

• Visit an ENT specialist in your locality


Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal


Consultant ENT & Head & Neck Surgery

Sonia & Prateek's ENT Speciality Center,Sahakaranagar, Bangalore




ENT Specialist Bangalore

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