Does voice damage go by any other name?

Hazards magazine reports that if your voice has been overworked you could receive any of the following diagnoses:

  • aphonia – inability to speak;
  • dysphonia – voice loss, hoarseness;
  • odynophonia – pain and soreness in the throat after prolonged vocal use;
  • hyperaemia of the free edges of the vocal cords – common in singers and speakers, and can become chronic;
  • vasomotor chorditis – chronic congestion, usually limited to one vocal cord, that is aggravated by vocal effort, but is partly reversible;
  • nodules and polyps of the vocal cords;
  • laryngeal contact ulcers;
  • hyperplasia of the vestibular folds; and
  • pseudomyxomatous laryngitis.
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