Dysphonia Diagnosis

While a voice disorder such as dysphonia is not life threatening, it can severely affect your quality of life. Make an appointment with the specialists at Fletcher Allen Health Care for an expert diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

Diagnosing Dysphonia

Your doctor will begin the diagnosis by asking you about your symptoms and your medical and family history. It can be difficult to diagnose dysphonia because the symptoms are similar to those of other voice disorders. However, the multidisciplinary team at Fletcher Allen has years of experience evaluating and treating patients with dysphonia.

Your team will consist of specialists in:

  • Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat specialist)
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Speech, language and voice disorders
  • Neurology

Fiberoptic nasolaryngoscopy

We often use fiberoptic nasolaryngoscopy, an endoscopic procedure, to diagnose dysphonia. Your doctor will use a special instrument called an endoscope, a thin, lighted tube.

 During this procedure:

  1. Your doctor inserts the tube into your nose and down your throat.
  2. We can evaluate your vocal cords and how they move.
  3. We also evaluate your voice symptoms and any other muscle movement disorders you may have.

Dysphonia: Treatment

Once we confirm a diagnosis of dysphonia, we can create your treatment plan. There is no cure for dysphonia. The goal of treatment is to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Learn more about dysphonia treatment.

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