Voice and Speech Disorders

Voice is essential to our professional and personal lives, yet answers regarding hoarseness and other voice problems are often surprisingly hard to come by, even in New York. Even when such a problem lasts for weeks or months, it may be overlooked or dismissed as "laryngitis." We understand how limiting and frustrating a voice problem can be. In some cases, it is no exaggeration to call it disabling.

 

The Center for the Voice in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center is devoted to the accurate diagnosis and efficient treatment of voice problems. Voice difficulties can include:

 

* hoarseness

* limitations in volume and projection

* limitations in pitch, or pitch breaks

* voice fatigue

* voice spasms

 

Assessing the voice involves not only the latest technology, but also specially trained and talented personnel who understand the physical elements of voice production as well as its personal and subjective aspects. Dr. Lucian Sulica, Director of Voice Disorders/

Laryngology (www.cornellphysicians.com/lsulica), is a fellowship- trained larngologist whose practice is limited to voice disorders. He is widely published in the field, and his work includes chapters in several standard textbooks, as well as many journal articles.

 

The Center for the Voice treats a wide variety of voice problems in patients from all walks of life, from performing artists to attorneys to teachers to salespeople - in fact, everyone depends on his or her voice in the course of everyday life. Advanced techniques like videostoboscopy and laryngeal electromyography are available to identify subtle abnormalities.

 

Hoarseness can be caused by a number of different conditions. Problems treated at the Center include:

 

* polyps

* nodules

* vocal cord paralysis

* vocal cord cyst

* spasmodic dysphonia

* voice tremor

* vocal cord cancer

* granuloma

* vocal cord scar

* hemorrhage

* sulcus vocalis

* papilloma

* Reinke's edema

 

The Center for the Voice offers both medical and surgical treatments, including:

 

* vocal cord microsurgery (microlaryngoscopy)

* vocal cord injections

* laryngeal botulinum toxin (Botox) injections

* medialization thyroplasty (laryngoplasty) for vocal cord paralysis and paresis

 

Most voice problems can be treated and many do not require surgery. Our staff will work closely with you to provide all the information and guidance you need to make the best choices regarding your voice.

 

To make an appointment for a consultation, please call (646) 962-7464.

 

Department of Otorhinolaryngology

1305 York Avenue, 5th Floor

New York, NY 10021

Please note that our offices are open from Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Please call the office to find out when your physician will be seeing patients, as not all of our physicians are in the office during these days & times. Thank you.