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Voice & Swallowing


Our physicians with Bombay ENT are board-certified and offer a wide variety of treatments for swallowing and voice conditions. Our treatments include voice therapy for voice disorders, vocal cord dysfunction treatment, and laryngitis treatment. Specialized care is important to restore your speaking or singing abilities without permanent damage.

For more information about voice and swallowing treatments, click on the buttons below. To access additional information about Bombay ENT or to schedule an appointment, fill out the form on this page or call (212) 873-6168 today.


What is laryngitis?
Laryngitis is the most common cause of hoarseness or voice loss that comes on suddenly. Usually, laryngitis is caused by a viral infection that produces an inflammation of the vocal cords. When it happens, the vocal cords no longer vibrate normally. The result of this irregular vibrating is hoarseness or complete voice loss. Acute laryngitis usually clears up on its own with rest and hydration. If vocal cord dysfunction lasts for an extended period of time or is severe, it may be a sign of chronic laryngitis.

How is laryngitis treated?
While acute laryngitis usually clears up on its own, sometimes the condition does not go away or is recurring. In these cases, the laryngitis is most likely due to an underlying condition. Typical causes of chronic laryngitis include:

  • Acid reflux disease
  • Yeast infection of the vocal cords (in those who use asthma inhalers)
  • Environmental conditions
  • Second hand smoke
  • Poor air quality
  • Other infections

In order to adequately treat chronic laryngitis, a patient should visit an experienced ear, nose and throat practice, such as Bombay ENT to get an accurate diagnosis of the ailment and possible underlying conditions.

What does laryngitis treatment involve?
Chronic laryngitis treatment will vary, depending on the underlying condition that is being treated. A Bombay ENT doctor can help you decide the best treatment for laryngitis for you.

Acid Reflux Disease
GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, occurs when stomach acid enters the throat and causes irritation. It can cause recurring hoarseness that does not seem to go away. Treating GERD can diminish the conditions associated with chronic laryngitis.

Yeast Infection of the Vocal Cords
Occasionally, patients who use asthma inhalers can develop a yeast infection on the vocal cords. This low grade infection can cause laryngitis to occur repeatedly, until the yeast infection is resolved. Consult Bombay ENT doctors for recommended treatment options for yeast infections of the vocal cords.

Environmental Conditions
Patients who suffer from repeat cases of laryngitis within a short period of time may be reacting to environmental conditions, such as second hand smoke, chemicals, or air pollution. Doctors may recommend lifestyle changes that will limit the exposure to these environmental conditions.

Other Infections
Other throat infections can also be the cause of repeated inflammation of the vocal cords or hoarseness. Seek advice from an ear, nose and throat expert, such as Bombay ENT, in order to get an accurate diagnosis of your underlying condition.

If you are suffering from laryngitis, the first step towards feeling better is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with Bombay ENT have extensive experience in laryngitis treatment. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.


What is voice therapy?
Voice therapy is a treatment option for voice impairments (known as dysphonia), which can be caused by vocal cord dysfunctions. It is currently the treatment of choice for muscle tension dysphonia, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Voice therapy can be effective in both acute and chronic forms of voice disorders, and can reduce the chances that a patient will need surgery to correct their voice impairment. When surgery is deemed necessary, voice therapy can still help to improve the results of therapy.

Why is voice therapy used?
Vocal therapy is a treatment option for vocal cord nodules, vocal cord dysfunction, and vocal cord paralysis. Dysphonia can occur due to any of the following, all of which can have a negative impact on the vocal cords:

  • Excessive vocal demands
  • Medications
  • Trauma
  • Health problems
  • Environmental conditions

What does voice therapy involve?
Voice therapy can be conducted by an ear, nose and throat specialist with Bombay ENT. The procedure uses vocal and physical exercises that help you to relieve symptoms associated with vocal dysfunctions. Because voice disorders and symptoms vary from patient to patient, voice therapy will be unique to your needs. Consult with a Bombay ENT specialist to determine if voice therapy will benefit you.

What are the advantages of using voice therapy?
The benefits of using voice therapy may include:

  • Avoid surgical procedure
  • Attain long-term relief from vocal problems
  • Increase volume of voice
  • Feel relief from:
  • Aching pain in neck
  • Feeling of something in your throat
  • Voice giving out
  • Changes in pitch or volume

If you are suffering from vocal cord dysfunction and believe you may need voice therapy, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with Bombay ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of voice and swallowing conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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