The goal of voice therapy is to help you regain as close to your “normal” voice as possible, so communicating is easier and you can get back to daily activities.

Voice therapy can resolve certain types of vocal cord lesions, strengthen weak vocal cords and reduce compensatory behaviors. It may be recommended after certain types of laryngeal surgery to reduce the possibility of scarring or further injury. Vocal therapy may also be used to treat individuals with chronic cough and vocal cord dysfunction.

Wake Forest Baptist offers extensive voice therapy services to help you regain and keep a healthy voice.

  • Comprehensive acoustic and perceptual voice evaluations
  • Voice therapy for the speaking voice
  • Singing voice rehabilitation for vocational and professional voice users in our piano suite
  • Laryngeal control therapy
  • Voice exercises for Parkinson's disease and other patients, provided by a certified Lee Silverman Voice Training (LSVT LOUD™) clinician
  • Therapeutic exercises to improve vocal function (building low abdominal breath support and resonant voice exercises)
  • Accent modification - an elective therapy focused on reducing unwanted accents or dialects when speaking English

How Voice Therapy Works

When you start voice therapy, you will have a comprehensive acoustic and perceptual voice evaluation to analyze the severity of your voice disorder, determine how your complaints affect daily vocal demands and assess the likelihood of positive response to voice therapy.

If you enjoy singing, be it around the home, in church or professionally, the evaluation includes assessment of your singing voice by our voice pathologist and singing voice specialist.

Our clinician will then review the findings with you and work with you to formulate the goals for voice therapy. Vocal flexibility or strengthening exercises are frequently accompanied on the piano, and you will be given a CD of the exercises to practice at home.

In the majority of cases, you will be asked to come in every 1 to 2 weeks and your vocal complaints will resolve or significantly improve within 3 to 5 sessions.

Voice Therapy at Wake Forest Baptist Health

Wake Forest Baptist’s voice therapy program helps singers, actors and other frequent voice users, like teachers and lawyers, achieve and maintain a healthy voice. We work with performers that are active in the arts and entertainment scene, helping restore balance, breathing, resonance and endurance to their speaking and singing voice. We also treat individuals who have difficulty speaking, whether from vocal misuse, overuse, injury or other complications.

Wellness Screening for Voice Students

Dr. Carter Wright holds a “wellness screening” for voice students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. This gives the students a chance to see their "instrument” and provides them with valuable visual information about how their vocal cords appear and function. The screening also acts as a baseline examination for the performers, so that changes can easily be detected when and if the singer has difficulty with his or her voice.