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Voice & Swallowing Disorders

Common Voice and Swallowing Problems

We treat a wide range of voice and swallowing problems. The most common vocal and swallowing complaints our patients experience include:

Vocal Problems & Complaints:

  • Hoarseness
  • Raspy or breathy vocal quality
  • Strained or painful speech
  • Voice loss (constant or intermittent)
  • Speaking in a higher or lower voice than usual
  • Changes in the singing voice (“can’t reach the high notes anymore”)
  • Reduced vocal endurance or inconsistent vocal quality
  • Inability to project the voice (be as loud as usual)
  • Becoming winded when speaking

Swallowing Problems & Complaints:

  • Difficulty or change in swallowing
  • Coughing or choking on food or liquid
  • Food becoming “stuck” or not “going down”
  • Food or liquid remaining in or spilling from mouth after the swallow
  • Food or liquid coming out of the nose
  • Wet or “gurgly” sounding voice when eating or drinking
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Restricted jaw opening

Other complaints may include:

  • Sensation of a lump in the throat
  • Regurgitation or bitter taste in the mouth
  • Reflux
  • Chronic coughing or throat clearing
  • Post-nasal drip (mucus in throat)
  • Episodes of shortness of breath unrelated to asthma

Meet our experienced voice and swallowing disorder team.

Learn more about conditions we treat and how voice and swallowing function in the body.

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If you are suffering from voice or swallowing problems you can request an appointment online or call 716-WAKE.



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