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.
Common voice concerns include:
Scratchy, weak or breathy voice
Difficulty with loudness
Pain or discomfort with speaking or singing
Change in singing voice
Increased effort to talk
Voice fatigue (worsening voice quality or discomfort with voice use)
Changes in voice after trauma or surgery to the neck, throat or larynx
The health care providers at UW Health’s Voice and Swallowing Clinics provide a wide range of general and specialized care for the voice.