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UW Health SMPH
American Family Children's Hospital

Voice Conditions

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1 S. Park Clinic
(608) 287-2500
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(608) 263-6190
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talking on the phoneThe voice experts at UW Health are internationally recognized for excellence in research, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of voice disorders.
Our holistic approach to voice care recognizes the wide range of factors that can affect vocal function, and is enhanced by our close collaboration with colleagues in other medical specialties.
Patients visit UW Health physicians to discuss concerns related to their voice. These concerns often focus on the sound of the patient's voice, their ability to project their voice (speak loudly), the amount of physical effort required to speak or sing, or a combination of these issues. An accurate diagnosis is critical to understanding how these symptoms interact with each other, and to determine how to correct the problem.
We enjoy an international reputation for excellence in providing highly specialized care for professional and amateur singers and actors, as well as other professional voice users such as teachers, broadcasters, salespeople, clergy and others.
Voice Concerns
Common voice concerns include:
  • Hoarseness
  • Scratchy, weak or breathy voice
  • Difficulty with loudness
  • Pain or discomfort with speaking or singing
  • Change in singing voice
  • Increased effort to talk
  • Frequent laryngitis
  • Voice fatigue (worsening voice quality or discomfort with voice use)
  • Changes in voice after trauma or surgery to the neck, throat or larynx

Voice disorders can be caused by a variety of factors and are frequently related to vocal nodules, polyps, cysts, granulomas, cancer, papilloma, vocal fold paralysis, vocal edema (swelling), muscle tension dysphonia or other changes to the vocal folds and how they move.


We also evaluate voice problems related to: