Neurologic Voice Impairment


Neurologic voice disorders occur as part of an underlying neurologic condition such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis or ALS.  They can also happen as the result of a stroke or other brain injury.  These disorders can affect the strength and coordination of the muscles that control the voice.

Neurologic disorders that can affect the voice

  • Spasmodic dysphonia
  • Essential tremor
  • Stroke
  • ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Parkinson's disease

“I came to Liz with a diagnosis of Spastic Dysphonia.  I could not speak without straining my voice for close to a year.  I called it my strangling voice.  The most important thing that Liz did for me was to educate me on my diagnosis and explain why and how the exercises that she gave me would help me.  Knowledge is power!  Within 2 weeks of daily exercises, my voice returned.  It wasn’t perfect but I was so grateful.  She also helped me to accept the progress and not expect perfection with every word I spoke.  Being able to speak again has certainly helped me to regain my confidence.  I no longer dread making a phone call and I enjoy socializing again.  Liz Platt is amazing!  She has my highest recommendation.” - Maureen Welter

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