Imagine not being able to speak for yourself, having vocal problems
that interfere with speech or threaten your livelihood. From children
with birth defects to patients whose larynx has been removed or elderly
patients with chronic hoarseness, St.Vincent has the specialists and the
expertise to help patients with diverse vocal problems.
A voice evaluation consists of acoustic analysis of the patient’s
voice using Visi-Pitch III software and an indepth case history of the
patient’s vocal habits. Objective baseline measures of pitch, loudness,
hoarseness and breath support are obtained. These results, along with
videostroboscopy, help specialists determine the appropriate treatment
and provide a baseline against which progress can be assessed.
Videostroboscopy is state-of-the-art technology that facilitates the
identification of various vocal cord conditions and abnormalities
invisible to the naked eye. An endoscope is placed in the mouth or
inserted through the nose into the throat. A tiny camera attached to the
endoscope enables the speech pathologist to record vocal cord movement
The stroboscope performs slow-motion photography of vocal cord
vibration while the patient speaks. This technology enables the examiner
to develop precise treatment strategies when an abnormality is
observed. Previous photographs can be immediately accessed for
comparison to help determine the progression of the problem. St.Vincent
has the most current equipment available, including digital
videostroboscopy, which greatly enhances the diagnostic process.
We provide individualized voice therapy for patients ranging from
elementary school children with vocal nodules to college students and
professional singers to elderly individuals experiencing symptoms of
bowed vocal folds. Voice therapy can help patients learn new ways to
speak, overcoming vocal problems.
Professional Voice Therapy
Indianapolis is home to a wide variety of people who use their voices
professionally, including singers, teachers and students of singing,
preachers, radio announcers, classroom teachers, actors and actresses,
and auctioneers. These professionals need to be evaluated with the goal
of achieving “optimal” rather than “normal” vocal function. St.Vincent
is looking forward to continuing a long and productive association with
the voice professionals of Indianapolis, as well as increasing treatment
options for this diverse group.
Beginning with pre-surgical counseling, and continuing long after
they have learned how to use their new method of voicing, St.Vincent
guides laryngectomees and their families through this challenging time
as they learn to re-establish communication.
VCD (Vocal Cord Dysfunction) Clinic
We use a proven multi-disciplinary approach to the problem of vocal
cord dysfunction in both athletics and non-athletic individuals. Out
patients are evaluated by a diagnostic team comprised of a medical
doctor board certified in sports medicine, a respiratory therapist and a
speech language pathologist. The team evaluates results promptly and
establishes therapy procedures and goals. Each member of the team works
individually with the patient.
Velopharyngeal Insufficiency is a problem often encountered in
children born with cleft palates and individuals who have sustained
traumatic brain injuries. St.Vincent offers thorough analysis to assist
the physician in determining the best approach in treating this
difficult problem. A standardized protocol based on research conducted
in Indianapolis provides essential information regarding the functional
capabilities and the therapeutic options available.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call us at (317) 338-LIVE (5483).