Doctor Oz did an episode on Vocal Cord Abuse with Dr Steven Zeitels, who has done Vocal Cord Surgery on famous people including Julie Andrews and Steven Tyler. Dr Oz screened everyone in his audience and found a woman with a very hoarse voice who said that her voice is always hoarse. If you yell at your kids, talk on the phone too much, or scream at your kid’s games, then you could be straining your vocal cords and even kill your vocal cords.
Dr Steven Zeitels sprayed Dr Oz’s guest’s nostrils with a numbing medication that she breathed in (and said it does not taste very good). Then Dr Zeitels put a Laryngoscope (that looked like a long flexible tube with a tiny camera on it) up her nose and down into her throat. The doctor said that she does not have the vocal chords of someone who is shy, because her vocal cords had lots of inflammation. If you misuse your voice and abuse your vocal cords, you can get nodules that change the way you can make sounds with your voice. A Vocal Cord Nodule is similar to getting a callus on your foot.
Vocal Cord Nodule Symptoms
Dr Oz wrote the following symptoms to watch for:
- Inability to project your voice
- Vocal fatigue and feeling tired when you try to talk
Vocal Cord Abuse Treatments
Dr Oz said to try the following vocal chord treatments before getting Vocal Cord Surgery:
- Rest your voice
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water
- Voice Therapy or Voice Rehab Therapy
Dr Steven Zeitels said that Dr Oz’s guest probably hemorrhaged through her vocal cord at some point when she was unable to speak at all for a couple of days. If she ultimately has to have vocal cord surgery, they now have special lasers to remove the nodules. After the surgery, the patient usually does voice therapy to prevent this from happening again. So how do you know if you have this problem? If you are hoarse persistently for multiple weeks in a row, and if strangers and family comment on your voice often, you will know even if you do not hear it yourself.