Treatments for voice problems vary in both efficacy and risk. In contrast to other medical problems, the appropriateness of treatment is determined not only by the type of problem, but also by expectations and requirements of voice. For instance, certain people visit the doctor only to be reassured that their voice problem is not cancer – the altered voice quality does not bother them at all. Others find that their voice change, which may seem very mild to others, has made it difficult to earn a living or communicate with friends and family, and so they seek a solution. Discussing your concerns with your physician is essential in receiving good voice care, so that treatment can be tailored to the situation.
Treatments generally fall into one of four categories:
Often, these treatments are used in combination.