The Diagnostic Visit always begins with a thorough medical history and description of the events leading up to the main reason for being at the Voice & Swallowing Center. The history and primary complaint determine the types of examinations or tests to be conducted.
Please click to the left to read about the various voice diagnostic examinations given at the Voice & Swallowing Center.
Acoustic Analysis is an analysis of the voice range and voice quality made at the time of the initial evaluation. Acoustical analysis provides an objective measure of severity of the voice disorder.
Aerodynamic Evaluation is an assessment of vocal function or voice use which determines the air pressures and air flow rates used during various voice tasks. Excessive air pressure or air flow usually results in improper use of the voice. Information from the aerodynamic assessment is used in planning treatment of the voice disorder.
Video Stroboscopy is a specialized diagnostic procedure in which a stroboscopic light is used in conjunction with a laryngoscope to electronically slow down the motion of the vocal folds in order to identify subtle changes in vibratory patterns that are diagnostically significant. Video Stroboscopy is used to differentiate vocal fold nodules from vocal fold polyps and cysts. With the use of a camera and video recording system, the examination can be viewed many times by the examiners and patient.
To view a video of Video Stroboscopy, please click here.
Voice Handicap Inventory
A Voice Handicap Inventory is a valid and reliable self-assessment tool for use by patients to determine their perception of the severity of their voice. Other self-assessment instruments such as the Voice Related Quality of Life (VRQOL) also are used for this purpose.