Improving Diagnosis of Speech Disorders with Videostroboscopy
Traditionally it can be difficult to determine the cause of different voice or speech disorders. Speech therapy services at Franciscan Health use state-of-the-art technology, such as videostroboscopy, to view vocal chords in action. This view helps develop more accurate diagnosis and treatment in patients of all ages.
Vocal disorders can negatively affect a person's work and personal life. You should talk with your doctor about speech therapy if you are experiencing:
- Chronic hoarseness
- Difficulty projecting your voice
- Routine loss of voice with normal use
These symptoms may be caused by such problems as swelling of the vocal chords due to heavy use, irritations, polyps or other growths on the vocal chords. Problems with speaking and singing also could be caused by paralysis or bowing of the vocal chords, muscle tension, spasms or acid reflux. The specially trained speech therapists at Franciscan Health can help determine the cause of your specific vocal disorder and then develop a treatment plan.
What is a videostroboscopy?
A videostroboscopy allows the observation of a patient's vocal chords while speaking and singing. The information gained in monitoring and viewing vibration patterns is invaluable for diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders.
The videostroboscopy exam is an outpatient procedure conducted by a licensed speech-language pathologist. A rigid scope can be placed in the back of the oral cavity or a flexible scope can be passed transnasally (through the nose). A strobe light is used to make the vocal cords appear to vibrate in slow motion, so that abnormal vibration patterns can be detected.
The procedure only takes minutes, and the therapist discusses the findings with you.