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What symptoms may indicate I have a voice problem?

  • Dryness in the throat or mouth.
  • Pain in the throat or mouth.
  • Soreness / aching on the throat.
  • Tightness or pressure in the throat.
  • Sensation of a lump in the throat.
  • A feeling of discomfort in the throat.
  • A feeling that talking is an effort.
  • Hoarseness.
  • Huskiness.
  • Breathiness.
  • Reduce loudness range.
  • Reduce pitch range.
  • Decreased vocal endurance.
  • Decreased vocal flexibility.


Who will benefit from voice therapy?
Anyone who feels their voice no longer meets their vocal needs due to changes in quality, pitch, loudness, endurance or stamina .
How many sessions will I have to attend?
The number of sessions required will depend on the type of voice problem and the individual client. However outcome research indicates most voice disorders are successfully treated in an average of six sessions.
Australian Voice Outcome Scales. ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech Language and Hearing 6 (3)     Pemberton, C.J. & Brake H. (2004)
What does voice therapy involve?
Initially a speech pathologist will assess your voice. This will include a detailed history of your voice problem and symptoms. In addition the speech pathologist will evaluate your current voice use, needs and vocal capabilities. When the evaluation is complete a treatment programme will be designed specifically for you to facilitate vocal recovery and ensure sustainable voice use for your daily vocal requirements.
What do I have to do to get my voice back?
You will be given advice on how your voice works, how to look after your voice and good voice care strategies. In addition therapy will involve specific voice exercises that you will do during a treatment session and which you will practise between therapy sessions. Your progress will be monitored regularly and as your voice improves the exercises will be varied appropriately.

Cecilia Pemberton
Speech Pathologist
Voice Care Australia