Category Archives: Voice

Do NOT Whisper!

Sore throats and laryngitis are some of the more common reasons for patients to experience raspy quality of the voice or breathy sounds as they try to speak.  Occasionally, postnasal dripping from sinus infections or allergies can also affect the quality of the voice.  Alternatively, secretions from acid reflux can also affect the vocal cords […]


What is “silent” reflux?

Reflux in general refers to acid content in our stomach that is then pushed back in reverse into the upper digestive tract.  Depends what the reflux is doing, and in which ways you are being affected, there are various names for reflux issues. Let’s review some basic physiology first.  As we swallow food, that food […]


What are vocal cord cysts?

Our vocal cords are V-shaped structures that constantly open and close in order to allow for breathing versus vibrating and generating voice for speech. Occasionally, overuse or misuse of the vocal cords through shouting, loud singing, or other habits can cause damage to the vocal cords. One condition that can develop is called vocal cord […]


What is Post-Nasal Dripping?

Postnasal dripping most correctly refers to a sensation of mucus flowing from the back of the nasal passages into the pharynx (throat). This could be mucus or pus from a sinus infection. There are many reasons and treatments for a sensation of postnasal dripping. Perhaps the most obvious reason for a sensation of postnasal dripping […]


What are Singer’s nodules (vocal nodules)?

Singer’s nodules are small nodules that usually form on the vocal cords as a result of excessive or improper use of the vocal cords. They might be easily reversible if detected early and treated accordingly. However, in chronic cases, they need to be removed with endoscopic surgery. The right and left vocal cords are dynamic […]


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