The KU Voice and Swallow Center uses a systematic approach to the evaluation and treatment of a variety of voice disorders, alaryngeal voice and airway disorders. Along with a comprehensive clinical examination and case history, instrumental examination is frequently used such as videostroboscopy. Other commonly used assessments include:
Once the team has clearly identified the diagnosis, the patient is provided with extensive education regarding the diagnosis and recommended treatment program. Often images obtained with videostroboscopy are used to help the patient better understand what has caused the problem as well as the rationale for the recommended treatment. Strong emphasis is placed on patient participation in treatment planning to improve over-all patient satisfaction and speed of recovery.
Examples of disorders more commonly observed are:
Treatments may include dietary modifications, medications, surgery, in-office procedures including injections, speech pathology voice therapy, or referrals to other professionals such as vocal pedagogists.