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Voice Disorders - Causes and Therapies

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Angelo Consiglio, MD, has distinguished himself as a privately practicing ear, nose, and throat physician. Dr. Angelo Consiglio draws on formal training in numerous aspects of otolaryngology care, including care of the voice and vocal folds.

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Voice Disorders - Causes and Therapies

  1. 1. Angelo Consiglio
  2. 2.  Angelo Consiglio, MD, has distinguished himself as a privately practicing ear, nose, and throat physician. Dr. Angelo Consiglio draws on formal training in numerous aspects of otolaryngology care, including care of the voice and vocal folds. The human voice comes from the movement of two sections of smooth muscle, which lie opposite each other where the base of the tongue meets the trachea. When a person wishes to speak, signals from his or her brain cause these two layers of muscle tissue to forcefully come into contact with one another. This causes vibrations that then pass through the throat, mouth, and nasal passages, all of which amplify the vibration to audible levels.
  3. 3.  If a patient overworks or strains the vocal folds, a voice disorder may result. Growths on these muscle layers may also lead to such disorders, as may inflammatory issues, neurological disease, or emotional trauma. Treatment for vocal problems typically depends on the underlying cause, though supplemental care typically involves ensuring that the vocal folds are well-hydrated and not irritated. Patients with vocal disorders must typically avoid spicy foods, which can cause an acid reflux response that damages the vocal folds. Whole grains and produce, by contrast, improve the health of the mucous membranes that surround the larynx. Exercise is important for keeping the posture and breath strong, which in turn helps the vocal folds to work at their optimal levels.

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