Laryngologists are ear, nose, and throat surgeons who have undergone specialty training related to voice disorders. The laryngologist assesses and treats the medical factors that are contributing to the voice problem.
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Speech pathologists are clinicians with a master’s degree or PhD who specialize in evaluating and treating conditions related to communication. All speech pathologists at the DVCC have a specialty in managing voice disorders. Speech pathologists evaluate and treat the physiology (function) of voice, educate patients extensively on factors that influence voice production, and rehabilitate the voice with an exercise and treatment program unique to each patient.
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Singing voice specialists are speech pathologists with extensive background in singing and vocal pedagogy (teaching singing), but may also be singing teachers with extensive training in voice disorders and voice rehabilitation. The singing voice specialist helps determine the role of performing in the vocal injury and provides therapy for the special needs of the performing voice. In addition, the singing voice specialist often advocates for the patient with artistic personnel regarding a particular performance and helps with vocal pacing and scheduling decisions.
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