If you have experienced a hoarse voice for more than 2 to 3 weeks, you should see a physician. A thorough voice evaluation should include:
- a physician’s examination, preferably by an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor) who specializes in voice,
- a voice evaluation by a speech-language pathologist (SLP), and
- possibly a neurological examination.
The team will evaluate vocal quality, pitch, loudness, ability to sustain voicing, and other voice characteristics. An instrumental examination may take place that involves inserting an endoscope into the mouth or nose to look at the vocal cords and larynx in general. A stroboscope (flashing light) may be used to watch the vocal cords as they move.
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