Vocal Health

Hoarseness and poor vocal endurance can interfere with the quality and clarity of the voice. Poor vocal endurance can result in vocal fatigue, lower volume, frequent repitition and increased effort to produce sound. Professional voice users can often compensate for minor vocal fold lesions, yet unattended, some of these lesions can cause career-threatening damage to the voice.

Vocal Disorders

Voice Concerns

Common voice concerns include:
  • Hoarseness
  • Scratchy, weak or breathy voice
  • Difficulty with loudness
  • Pain or discomfort with speaking or singing
  • Change in singing voice
  • Increased effort to talk
  • Frequent laryngitis
  • Voice fatigue (worsening voice quality or discomfort with voice use)
  • Changes in voice after trauma or surgery to the neck, throat or larynx

Voice disorders can be caused by a variety of factors and are frequently related, but not limited  to vocal nodules, polyps, cysts, granulomas, cancer, papilloma, vocal fold paralysis, vocal edema (swelling), muscle tension dysphonia or other changes to the vocal folds and how they move or vibrate.

Common Conditions

Voice Treatments

The health care providers at UW Health’s Voice and Swallowing Clinics provide a wide range of general and specialized care for the voice.

Learn how UW Health Voice and Swallowing Clinics treat voice problems

(608) 263-6190

Voice Clinic, 1 S. Park

(608) 287-2500


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Internet Resources

National Association of Teachers of Singing

National Center for Voice and Speech

The Voice Foundation