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The voice is an extremely valuable resource and is the most commonly used form of communication. The voice is invaluable for social interaction and most occupations. Proper care and use of the voice (your voice box — also known as the larynx) improves the likelihood of having a healthy voice for a lifetime.
Voice problems occur with a change in the voice, often described as hoarseness, roughness, or a raspy quality. People with voice problems often complain about or notice changes in pitch, loss of voice, loss of endurance, and sometimes a sharp or dull pain associated with voice use.
A wide range of problems can lead to changes in your voice.
Voice changes sometimes follow an upper respiratory infection lasting up to two weeks. If voice does not return to its normal characteristics and capabilities within two to four weeks after a cold, make an appointment with a physician at Mid-Kansas Ear, Nose & Throat. A throat examination after a lasting change in the voice is especially important for smokers as it could be the first and most important symptom of throat cancer.
Call Mid-Kansas Ear, Nose & Throat Associates at 316-684-2838 for more information or to schedule an appointment.