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Most individuals do not think about talking, breathing or swallowing until there is a problem. When hoarseness or pitch problems occur during speech, or when mealtimes become stressful, it may be beneficial to seek medical attention.
The Voice & Swallowing Center at University Hospitals Ear, Nose & Throat Institute employs advanced technology to diagnose and treat laryngeal and voice disorders. Its three major areas of focus include:
Some patients are referred to our center because a chronic condition has affected their ability to work. These include professional singers, teachers and attorneys who develop difficulty speaking on the job.
Other patients may suffer from weak muscles and nerves caused by various neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, stroke or a head injury. Middle-aged and elderly adults who cough and choke at meals due to weakening of the swallowing muscles may also be in need of evaluation. Pediatric patients may be born with a cleft palate or develop vocal cord growths such as nodules and cysts. These young patients also may be examined for speech, breathing or swallowing disorders.
Led by a board-certified otolaryngologist and fellowship trained laryngologist, the center takes a team approach to patient care and education. As needed, our center may bring in experts in gastroenterology, pulmonary medicine, neurology, radiology, nutrition and surgery. Our goal is to coordinate care with other specialists during one patient visit. This makes it more convenient for patients and ensures the delivery of personalized, comprehensive treatment plans.
Our specially trained nurses, speech pathologists and dieticians also work with patients to help them fully understand their condition and to learn how they can make lifestyle and dietary changes to maximize the results of treatment.
At the Voice & Swallowing Center, our goal is to help patients regain control of their vocal, swallowing and breathing abilities. Our physicians employ leading therapies for effective diagnosis and treatment, many of which can be administered at our center on an outpatient basis.
For some patients, we may recommend surgical treatment at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center or University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. The center works closely with University Hospitals physicians involved in surgical otolaryngology, neurology and plastic surgery, GI and general surgery to provide coordinated care.
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