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At the UPMC Voice Center, we offer voice therapy and training. This patient-centered treatment method can help change behaviors that contribute to voice disorders or limit normal voice use.
We can change vocal behaviors causing hoarseness in two major ways:
The purpose and goals of voice therapy are to help you:
We can treat common voice disorders — such as vocal nodules or muscle tension dysphonia — in three to five sessions, with a very high success rate.
This type of vocal rehab is for people who have a health condition that causes problems in the singing voice.
A singing voice specialist (SVS) conducts this therapy. An SVS is an experienced singing teacher with further training in the rehabilitation of injured voices.
The singing exercises vary, based on your unique laryngeal pathology and singing style. All aim to modify muscular coordination by optimizing airflow and vocal resonance.
This treatment for chronic cough involves a series of ways to decrease the severity, duration, and frequency.
The first step is to help you recognize the signs and symptoms of a cough so that you can try to suppress it.
The rest of therapy involves teaching you how to:
Most people need between one and three sessions.
This treatment for paradoxical vocal fold motion disorder (PVFMD) helps you learn how to control your breathing and prevents, or minimizes the severity of, PVFMD “attacks.”
The keys to therapy for PVFMD include:
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment is a proven speech treatment program for people with Parkinson's disease (PD). It helps restore oral communication beyond what current medicines and surgical interventions can offer.
At the UPMC Voice Center, we provide a modified version of this program that focuses on:
At the end of one month of individual treatment, most people are able to self-generate improved loudness. This results in dramatically improved functional communication.
Transgendered individuals often need to work harder — and sometimes need guidance — to communicate an ‘outward’ self that is congruent with the ‘inner’ self.
The UPMC Voice Center provides voice and communication masculinization and feminization training for people along the gender spectrum.
To make an appointment or learn more about any of our services, contact the UPMC Voice Center at 412-232-SING (7464).
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