The Many Benefits of a Voice/Throat Evaluation

A voice or throat evaluation can uncover everything from harmless polyps to cancer. So, if you’ve had a lingering sore throat or hoarse voice for weeks, it’s time to get checked out by our experienced ear, nose, and throat doctor, Vandana Kumra of ENT New York. She sees patients with all kinds of throat and voice issues in our Central Park West office. Here’s how a voice and throat evaluation can help you.

Why do I need a voice and throat evaluation?

If you have a sore throat that doesn’t seem to go away no matter what you do, trouble swallowing, or hoarseness that lingers, a voice and throat evaluation can help. During the exam, Dr. Kumra looks for a variety of causes like cysts, polyps, and tumors on your vocal cords or in your throat. Often, they’re harmless or benign. Finding a growth doesn’t mean it’s cancer. 

Allergies, gastroesophageal reflux disease, laryngitis, or smoking could also cause problems with your voice or throat. The only way to know what’s causing your condition is to have a comprehensive exam in our office.

Health conditions related to the voice and throat

Here are some of the common conditions found on the vocal cords or in the throat.

Growths on the vocal cords

People who sing or talk all the time may develop swollen vocal cords, but it can happen to anyone. Other causes include coaching, cheerleading, muscle tension, allergies, and smoking.

Also, nodules or polyps may grow and harden on the vocal cords, leading to a scratchy, hoarse, or rough voice that doesn’t seem to get better. Other symptoms of nodules and polyps include:

These harmless growths can be surgically removed. If your symptoms are caused by allergies or something else like a thyroid condition, they should be treated first to see if your condition improves. Sometimes, resting your voice, drinking more fluids, or taking over-the-counter medicine may help ease your symptoms.

Vocal cord paralysis

If one or both of the vocal cords doesn’t open or close the right way, you could have trouble swallowing or breathing. Your voice may also be affected. Vocal cord paralysis may be caused by:

Enlarged adenoids

Adenoids are found behind the nasal cavity, and they play a role in helping our bodies fight infection. They grow until about age 7 and then shrink, but they can become enlarged from an infection. Enlarged adenoids can contribute to other health conditions like:

During your exam, Dr. Kumra may find other areas of concern in your neck or with your thyroid. If so, she may order blood work and diagnostic tests to get an accurate diagnosis. Once she knows what’s going on, she presents your treatment options and gets you on the path to recovery. 

If you’re concerned about your voice or throat, make an appointment with Dr. Kumra by using our online booking tool or by calling 646-859-6136 today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

What’s Causing My Throat Polyp?

Throat polyps may not be life-threatening, but they can still cause uncomfortable symptoms. Fortunately, a throat and voice evaluation can help set you on the path to identifying what’s behind these growths so you can find relief.

Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Endoscopy

Do you have persistent head, face, nose, or sinus problems? A nasal endoscopy gives your doctor a closer look at these areas, thanks to a thin tube with a camera on the end. Keep reading to see what to expect and how to prepare.

What Could Be Causing Your Goiter?

Do you have swelling at the base of your neck or a scratchy voice? These are just two signs of a goiter. If you have this relatively common problem, here’s what could be triggering your symptoms and why you shouldn’t ignore it.

Put an End to Your Chronic Sinusitis with PROPEL®

Do you live with persistent inflammation, drainage, or pain and tenderness in your sinus area? PROPEL® implants can help resolve chronic sinusitis symptoms by promoting healing where you need it most — your sinus tissues. Keep reading to learn more.

Which Type of Sleep Apnea Do You Have?

There’s more than one type of sleep apnea, which means it’s essential to know which type of this sleep disorder you have in order to find the most effective treatment. Keep reading to learn more.