Vocal Nodules Diagnosis

If you experience a hoarse voice for more than two weeks, especially if you are at high risk for developing voice nodules, make an appointment with your doctor. We perform a thorough evaluation to diagnose your condition.

Diagnosing Vocal Nodules

A number of specialists may be involved in your evaluation. This multidisciplinary approach ensures that we provide you with the most accurate diagnosis possible. Then, we are able to tailor a treatment plan that is right for you.

Diagnostic procedures include:

Physical examination - A Fletcher Allen otolaryngologist will examine you. An otolaryngologist is a doctor who specializes in problems of the ear, nose and throat. In addition, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) will perform a voice evaluation. A neurologist may examine you as well. Your health care team is evaluating:

  • The quality of your voice
  • How loud your voice is
  • The pitch of your voice
  • How long you can sustain a voice

Stroboscopy - Stroboscopy is a type of endoscopic procedure. We use a stroboscope, a thin tube with a flashing light. Because vocal cords vibrate so quickly when you produce sound, it is impossible to see without a special instrument. The stroboscope provides a “slow motion” view of your vocal cords, so we can obtain critical information about the vocal cords. We can then use the information to confirm a diagnosis and create a treatment plan.

Vocal Nodules: Treatment

Once we obtain an accurate diagnosis, we will create your individualized treatment plan. Treatment options for vocal nodules include medication, surgery and behavioral therapy. Learn more about vocal nodule treatment.

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