The University of Maryland Professional Voice Program provides medical, surgical and rehabilitation services for individuals with voice problems and other disorders of the larynx (voice box).
The Professional Voice Program is a unique resource for both the general public and those who use their voices professionally. Individualized clinical services are available for people with vocal misuse and overuse syndromes, recurrent laryngitis, spasmodic dysphonia, vocal fold paralysis, the aging voice, cancer of the vocal fold, scarred vocal folds, and benign vocal fold growths, such as nodules, cysts, granulomas, webs, papillomas, and polyps.
A specialized focus of the Professional Voice Program is to help diagnose and treat voice problems experienced by broadcasters, singers, actors, and others who use their voice professionally. These voice problems may be a result of overuse or vocal misuse, but could also be caused by scarred vocal folds, vocal fold growths or even laryngopharyngeal reflux disease, known as LPRD.
Your voice is your principal communication asset. Healthy voices are particularly important for actors, singers or anyone who speaks a great deal in daily life, such as attorneys, ministers, broadcasters, salespeople, teachers, aerobics instructors or public officials.
A voice disorder may prevent a professional singer from performing or a business person from effectively managing his or her affairs, or it may prohibit simple, daily, verbal communication between elderly spouses.
At the University of Maryland Professional Voice Program, we are committed to helping you use your voice so that you can function to your full capacity. There are many reasons why your voice may not be serving you optimally, and many of these conditions are treatable. We have the latest, most sophisticated equipment for diagnosing laryngeal problems that are not detectable by conventional techniques. Our physicians and staff have unique expertise and experience in voice disorders. Our speech pathologists are particularly qualified to handle all types of voice disorders. If you are having a problem with your voice, you deserve our professional attention.
The multidisciplinary team of experts utilize state-of-the-art technology to provide comprehensive and coordinated care for patients with a variety of disorders and includes:
Each patient follows a systematic approach to care that includes a thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing. Case studies are reviewed weekly to assure patients receive appropriate management of their vocal disorders.