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What is a Voice Disorder?

What Is a Voice Disorder

A voice disorder is any abnormality of the voice production system that results in a change in your voice that is unsatisfactory to you. You may experience numerous symptoms, or perhaps there is only one symptom that bothers you. The symptoms may be persistent or you may experience them only intermittently. Your symptoms may include:

  • Hoarseness or other change in the pitch, timbre or quality of your voice
  • Vocal fatigue
  • Loss of a portion of your speaking or singing range
  • Difficulty with register transitions of the speaking or singing voice
  • Discomfort or burning sensation in the throat
  • Sensation of “something” in your throat
  • Difficulty making the voice sufficiently loud or soft
  • Breathlessness when you speak
  • Tremor quality or abrupt starts and stops of your voice that you have difficulty controlling
  • Feeling the need to cough or clear your throat frequently
  • Tightness, discomfort or a burning sensation in the throat


There are numerous different causes of voice disorders, and different types of voice disorders have similar symptoms. Rarely do voice problems occur overnight. More commonly, they are the result of lifestyle choices— occupational or social vocal demands – often combined with health problems or other personal factors.

There are some groups of people who are particularly at risk for developing a voice disorder because of certain features about their job, health or living habits.  

We understand how anxiety-provoking these symptoms can be. We’re here to help.

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Grabscheid Voice and Swallowing Center of Mount SinaiTel: 212-241-9425

AddressNew York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
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New York, NY 10003

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