Voice | Resonance problems

Voice resonanceBoth children and adults may experience voice and resonance disorders. These may include one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Hoarseness, strained, breathy or raspy vocal quality
  • Discomfort upon voicing
  • Inappropriate pitch
  • Vocal fatigue after talking
  • Reduction in vocal range during speaking and/or singing
  • Hypernasality

In addition, voice disorders may result from Parkinson’s disease, spasmodic dysphonia, stroke, traumatic brain injury or other neurological disorders.

Resonance problems can result from structural issues or surgical interventions, such as cleft palate, submucous cleft or surgery requiring removal of structures used for speech.

Clefts of the lip/palate occur in approximately one in 750 newborns, making this deformity the fourth most-common birth defect and the first most-common facial birth defect. This population is at risk for speech, resonance (nasal-sounding voices) and hearing problems. Additionally, feeding an infant with a cleft palate can be challenging.