Change In Voice

Change In Voice in Oceanside, CA

While singing your lungs out at a concert may cause you to lose your voice temporarily, or a viral sore throat may cause pain or difficulty swallowing, these are minor nuisances that often go away on their own with time; however, when you notice changes in your voice or swallowing problems that don’t go away, it’s time to turn to our board-certified otolaryngologists Dr. Robert Jacobs, Dr. Richard Liu and Dr. Sarah Carroll to find out what’s going on.

What Can Cause Vocal or Swallowing Changes?

There are many causes, both minor and more serious, that can alter a person’s voice or impact their ability to swallow. Vocal changes or swallowing problems may be the result of,

  • Allergies
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Environmental pollutants
  • Vocal polyps
  • Laryngitis
  • Cysts and nodules
  • Chronic cough
  • Aspiration
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Muscle disorders
  • Cancer of the head, neck or esophagus

What Are the Signs of Swallowing Problems?

Apart from pain or difficulty with swallowing, someone with dysphagia or other swallowing disorders may also experience,

  • Post-nasal drip
  • Chronic cough
  • Persistent throat clearing
  • Excessive congestion or mucus in the throat
  • A lump-in-the-throat sensation
  • Loss of voice
  • Hoarseness
  • Chronic sore through
  • Throat pain
  • Spasms of the throat

How Are Swallowing Disorders and Vocal Problems Diagnosed?

To figure out what’s going on, our ENT team will need to perform an upper endoscopy, which will make it easier for us to take a closer look at the esophagus and the lining. A tissue sample may also be collected. Additional tests such as a barium swallow test or motility testing may be needed to look at the upper GI to diagnose the cause of your swallowing problems or vocal changes.

How Are Vocal Changes and Swallowing Problems Treated?

We craft custom treatment plans based on the cause of your symptoms, as well as the type and severity. Lifestyle changes along with medications and speech therapy may provide relief for more minor symptoms. If nonsurgical treatments aren’t improving your symptoms, we’ll discuss whether surgery may be necessary.

If you are dealing with voice or swallowing problems, it’s important to determine what’s affecting them to get the individualized care you need from our team. Call ENT Associates at (760) 724-8749 to schedule a consultation.

For more information about our services, or any other questions or comments, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office directly at 760-724-8749 & fax us at 760-724-2604. For billing inquiries, please contact us at 760-755-5647.

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ENT Associates proudly serves the North San Diego area including Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos Encinitas, Escondido, and Fallbrook.

3907 Waring Road Suite One, Oceanside, CA, 92056

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