June 02, 2010

USA Today: Article on Vocal Cord Paralysis Causing Breathy Voice

On June 1, 2010 USA Today published a story titled "Lost your voice? It could be vocal cord paresis." The story discusses how vocal cord paralysis can cause a breathy type of hoarse voice. The paralysis, if idiopathic, is suspected to be caused by a virus, just like Bell's Palsy causes a facial paralysis or a bad cold can cause a loss of smell. Listen to what a breathy voice sounds like due to vocal cord paralysis here.

Treatment for this rare condition include voice therapy and if that fails, surgery if the paralysis does not resolve.

Read the story here.

Read more about voice therapy and surgical treatment of the paralyzed vocal cord.
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