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Voice disorders

  • Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's Voice Clinic evaluates and treats people who are experiencing hoarseness or other voice problems.

    Speech pathologists teach patients how to find a healthy, clear, strong voice. They also use videostroboscopy to examine vocal folds in action and identify causes of problems.

    Videostroboscopy

  • Understanding videostroboscopy: A speech-language pathologist at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's Voice Clinic explains what to expect during a videostroboscopy exam.

    expand to learn more Read the video transcript.

  • Appointment information

    A health care provider's order is needed before an appointment can be scheduled. Someone at your clinic will need to fax the order to 612-262-7980 or 1-888-460-0018.

    A scheduler will call you. You may also call 612-262-7979 or 1-888-519-0014.

    Videostroboscopy is a special exam of your vocal cords.

    Your vocal cords vibrate too fast to be seen by the "naked eye." A videostroboscopy uses a strobe light to create a slow motion picture of your vocal cords in action.

    This exam allows your health care provider to see what's wrong with your vocal cords and work with you on how to care for your voice.

    The exam is simple and takes about one hour total. The exam will be done at Courage Kenny® Rehabilitation Institute.

    Before the exam

    • You do not need to prepare.
    • You may eat and drink as you wish.
    • You can drive yourself to and from the exam.
    • Please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out any paperwork.

    During the exam

    • The health care provider will talk with you about the exam.
    • You may receive a numbing medicine in your mouth or nose for your comfort.
    • The health care provider will insert the scope into your mouth. It does not go down your throat. It does not touch anything and it is not painful.
    • The health care provider may also gently insert a thin, flexible scope through your nose to look at your vocal cords.
    • The images from the scope(s) are seen on a computer screen and recorded.
    • The scope will be in your mouth or nose for just a few minutes before it is removed.

    After the exam

    • Your health care provider will review the results with you.
    • He or she will talk with you about treatment options.