February 20, 2011

The King's Speech and Those With Spasmodic Dysphonia

The film "The King's Speech," nominated for Oscars in 12 categories for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards hits home for many who suffer from stuttering. However, I am sure this story also has empathetically affected those patients who suffer from spasmodic dysphonia.

What is spasmodic dysphonia?

Think of it as stuttering of the voicebox where the words get stuck in the throat level rather than the mouth level.

Both conditions result in patients severely limiting their social engagements and cause tremendous stress when communicating with others.

Many people know what stuttering sounds like... Now listen to what spasmodic dysphonia sounds like here in this video. This video also shows how spasmodic dysphonia is treated with botox injections to the vocal cord. Such injections calm the spasms down so that the person is able to speak almost completely normally for at least 3 months until the botox wears off and it needs to be repeated.

Botox injections for spasmodic dysphonia as well as other conditions are performed by Dr. Chang every week.
Fauquier blog
Fauquier ENT

Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the video, Dr. Chang. I, too, have Spasmodic Dysphonia and have been receiving treatments for about 14 years. This video shows the complete treatment better than others I've seen. I shared the link to one of our speech instructors here at the college where I work. Thanks!
Mike Jernigan, Crowder College, Neosho, MO

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