Laryngology is the specialty dedicated to care for throat problems. The larynx is also known as the voice box, which is the central organ for laryngologists. The throat and larynx are amazing structures that allow patients to talk, breathing, and swallow when functioning normally. However, some patients develop throat problems that lead them to seek care from a doctor or speech pathologist. Symptoms that are commonly identified in patients seeking such care include, voice changes (dysphonia), breathing problems, swallowing problems (dysphagia), aspiration, sore throats, chronic cough, and growths in the neck.
The IU Voice Center's phenomenal team of laryngologists, speech language pathologists, and support staff provide patients with state-of-the-art evaluation techniques, technology, and clinical expertise for the care for voice disorders. Dr. Parker and his team have a particular interest in professional voice users, including performers, singers, lectures, teachers, and others who rely on their voice. This includes services offered by few in the region, such as the most advanced evaluation techniques, voice therapy, office-based surgery, and state of the art procedures to restore and maintain what can be sometimes taken for granted....the human voice.
One of the most difficult findings for patients with voice problems is finding that there is a pre-cancerous or cancerous growth in the voice box. (under construction)
When the nerves that supply the vocal cords are damaged by a viral infection, surgery for another health problem, or radiation treatments, or other reasons, one or both vocal cords can become paralyzed. This can lead to voice, swallowing, or breathing problems. (under construction)
There can be large or very small growths on the vocal cords that can lead to significant voice changes for patients. Nodules, polyps, cysts, polypoid corditis, papilloma, and other benign growths can lead to significant voice dysfunction. (under construction)
The connection of the brain, nerves, and voice box (larynx). Spasmodic dysphonia, vocal tremor, Parkinson's hypophonia, and other neurological problems affect the larynx. (under construction)
There are a number of problems that can affect one of the essential functions, the need to breath. (under construction)