Information taken from American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
WHAT ARE VOCAL CORD NODULES?
Vocal cord nodules are noncancerous growths on both vocal cords that are caused by vocal abuse (i.e., excessive screaming or yelling). Repeated abuse of the vocal cords result in soft swollen spots on the vocal cords which eventually develop into hard “callous” like growths called nodules.
WHAT ARE VOCAL POLYPS?
Polyps can be on either or both sides of the vocal cords. They appear as a swelling (just like a nodule); however, they are bigger than a nodule. Polyps are sometimes but not always caused by vocal abuse.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF VOCAL NODULES AND VOCAL POLYPS?
Both nodules and polyps have similar signs and symptoms.
- Rough or scratchy voice
- Pain from ear to ear
- Feeling like there is a lump in the throat
- Neck pain
- Decreased pitch range
- Voice and body fatigue
OUR APPROACH AT KEY THERAPIES:
Voice therapy may be given to help treat nodules and polyps. This involves teaching good vocal hygiene, reducing or stopping vocally abusive behaviors, and voice treatment to help alter pitch, loudness, or breath support for good voicing. Stress reduction and relaxation exercises may be taught as well. Our goal is to help individuals achieve their best sounding voice.