Feb
2017

When Your Voice Gets Caught In Your Throat

For most of us viral infections are a common thing and losing your voice can be a blessing sometimes (especially when it comes to work). But when the voice does not come back even after the flu or the cold goes away, then you might need to get it checked first thing. Throat related and voice related diseases that are of serious nature are kind of rare but it is best to get any issues as early on as possible to prevent any problems to your larynx and esophagus.

The making of your voice

The voice box, or anatomy wise known as the larynx, is the organ that produces the voice that comes out of you. It is located right at the top of your windpipe (anatomy word: trachea) and is made up of two tissue bands/ rows of tissues that are known as vocal cords. When you breathe in, these vocal cords/ bands move apart to let air pass into your body and into the lungs (hence why your vocal cords get affected when you smoke). But when you are speaking the bands come together and has a narrow gap that air passes through. This causes vibrations on the cords which leads to production of a sound which comes out of your mouth as your voice. Apart from making sounds that are unique to you, the larynx is also the stop point for anything foreign going down from your mouth.

What is laryngoscopy?

A laryngoscopy is performed on your throat by an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist), and there are three separate kinds that can be performed depending on the diagnosis by the throatscope Australia. The first is the indirect, second is fiber optic or flexible and the third is the direct. Indirect laryngoscopy is the most basic procedure that can be done by basic medical supplies and only needs a small mirror (telescope) held to reflect the back of your throat. A small penlight will be aimed to assist with lighting effects to let the specialist see better on your throat and the larynx, hypopharynx (the bottom of the pharynx and marks the start of the trachea and esophagus) and the vocal cords will be examined. This method if only used with teens and adults as it requires you to keep your mouth open and gagging may ensue because of the telescope. When you initially feel your throat and esophagus not working properly, book an appointment with your closest ENT specialist to get your throat checked. Usually a general physician can do this examination as well (and they might), or they will refer you to a specialist.