Voice Disorders

Find out more about Voice Disorders

The larynx, or voice box, is an organ in the neck containing the vocal cords. When a medical condition affects the performance of the larynx, it can interfere with your ability to breathe properly and to communicate. Laryngeal and voice disorders can be treated effectively once the underlying cause is determined. Hoarseness is the main symptom of a laryngeal or voice disorder. It can be accompanied by other signs, including:

  • A voice that breaks or cracks
  • Limited range in pitch, volume and projection
  • Voice fatigue after prolonged use
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic throat clearing
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing

Even though most voice problems are minor and easy to treat, if you are experiencing hoarseness that lasts longer than two weeks, you should see your physician.

The Oregon Ear, Nose and Throat Center (OENT) physicians are well trained to deal with a variety of voice disorders, and can offer solutions to improve your symptoms and restore your quality of life.