Within the Gundersen Health System's Otolaryngology department, Speech Pathology provides a range of voice disorder treatments and services to all ages.
Speech Pathology treats the following voice concerns:
- Scratchy, weak or breathy voice
- Difficulty with loudness
- Vocal fatigue
- Changes in voice after trauma or surgery to neck, throat or larynx
- Larynx disorders
- Issues of vocal fold misuse
- Issues with nasality
- Chronic cough and/or chronic throat clearing
- Voice restoration after laryngectomy
- Difficulty swallowing
- Shortness of breath/paradoxical vocal fold motion/vocal cord dysfunction
Treatments we offer in speech pathology:
- Evaluation of voice disorders: The Speech Pathology team will review your symptoms, medical history and examine your head and neck. Speech pathologists will help test for vocal quality, efficiency and proper technique.
- Laryngeal videostroboscopy: Laryngeal videostroboscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses an endoscope (a small tube equipped with the fiberoptic camera). A stroboscopic light source lets us check laryngeal function and vibration. This helps diagnosis larynx disorders.
- Voice therapy: Voice therapy is an effective way to address many voice disorders. Treatment plans, including the frequency, duration and goals of treatment, are tailored to the individual needs of the patient.
- Voice and swallowing therapy for patients with head and neck cancer: Speech pathologists provide evaluation, counseling and therapy services to head and neck cancer patients. This includes patients undergoing treatment and patients who have completed treatment. Exercise programs can reduce the negative side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. They promote improved swallowing to enhance the quality of life during and after treatment.