Functional dysphonia

What is Functional dysphonia?

Dysphonia is the medical term for disorders of the voice: an impairment in the ability to produce voice sounds using the vocal organs (it is distinct from dysarthria which signifies dysfunction in the muscles needed to produce speech). Thus, dysphonia is a phonation disorder. The dysphonic voice can be hoarse or excessively breathy, harsh, or rough, but some kind of phonation is still possible (contrasted with the more severe aphonia where phonation is impossible).

Dysphonia has either organic or functional causes due to impairment of any one of the vocal organs. However, typically it is caused by some kind of interruption of the ability of the vocal folds to vibrate normally during exhalation. Thus, it is most often observed in the production of vowel sounds. For example, during typical normal phonation, the vocal folds come together to vibrate in a simple open/closed cycle modulating the airflow from the lungs. Weakness (paresis) of one side of the larynx can prevent simple cyclic vibration and lead to irregular movement in one or both sides of the glottis. This irregular motion is heard as roughness. This is quite common in vocal fold paresis.

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I am suffering from functional dysphonia and cannot find any treatment.pls...

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Hi,
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The most common treatments for functional dysphonia are symptomatic in nature. These treatments target excess or dysregulated...

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hi, i'm singer and sang too much recently not using a correct technique i suppose. my ent said that vocal folds are ok and i have functional...

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you have to completely diagnose the situation
the same condition can also occur in sinusitis and reflux oesophagitis
the post nasal drip can hburt...

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