During your initial consultation, we take time to understand your personal and medical history and learn more about your vocal goals. We create a safe space for you to share your voice story. For your comfort and convenience, our gender-affirming voice therapists offer initial consultations in person or through virtual video visits.
A videolaryngostroboscopy allows us to visualize your vocal cords (also known as vocal folds) and larynx (voice box) and determine whether they are strained or injured. During the exam, a voice therapist inserts a tiny camera attached to a small tube called an endoscope through your nose and into your upper throat. Your nose may be sprayed with topical anesthetic for your comfort. A flashing strobe light simulates slow motion video of your vocal cords, and images are recorded. After the exam, which only takes about a minute, a laryngologist and voice therapist will review the recorded images with you to determine a care plan, including voice therapy.
If you prefer, we can arrange for you to undergo videolaryngostroboscopy during the same visit as your initial voice evaluation. If you choose a virtual visit for your initial consultation, this test will be performed during a follow-up, in-person visit.