Laryngitis Treatment – My Experience with Speech Therapy

Hey there, for those of you that aren’t aware, I have been suffering with chronic laryngitis since May and was referred to an ear, nose and throat specialist. Which is why things have been so quiet around here(!) and probably will be for the foreseeable future. As well as seeing a specialist, my doctor has also recently referred me to speech therapy.

The consultant I saw couldn’t find anything physically wrong with my vocal chords or voice box, yet I still have little voice and some days, no voice at all. He was unsympathetic and didn’t explain what the tests carried out were for or what the results meant – one of the tests involved using a camera through my nostril to have a look at my throat. Which was an awful experience.

So I asked for a second opinion and I’m waiting for another consultancy referral. In the mean time I’m receiving speech therapy, with the aim being to strengthen my vocal chords.

It’s going to be a long process but my doctors are confident my voice will come back. However I may have permanent damage to my high vocal chords – no screaming for me then! I had my first appointment last Thursday.

My first speech therapy appointment

Walking into my first appointment was nerve racking as I didn’t know what to expect. Thankfully my Grampy was happy to accompany me to my appointment.

My speech therapist gave me some exercises to try including bringing my chin to my chest to stretch my neck. As well as some relaxation techniques for my voice box and throat, such as humming.

She also recommended steam inhalations, either by inhaling the steam from a cup of tea or hot water, or to put a towel over my head and inhale steam from a bowl of boiling water; she also recommend to purchase a steam inhaler.

So far I’ve been using the cup of tea or hot water and it is helping to lubricate my throat. The more lubricated my throat is the easier talking properly again is becoming. The humming is also helping to strengthen my vocal chords and is a lot easier on my throat than coughing.

We also discussed any psychological factors that may have caused my loss of speech such as selective mutisim or psychogenic voice disorders.

Does anyone have experience with speech therapy sessions? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

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