Augusta ENT Speech Language Pathologists provide evaluation and treatment for a wide range of voice and swallowing disorders. Our speech-language pathologists have earned their certification of clinical competence in speech-pathologh through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
- We provide perceptual evaluations of your voice including assessment of pitch (too high or too low), quality (hoarse, nasal) and loudness (too loud or too soft)
- Videostroboscopic examinations of the larynx are performed in the office providing your ENT magnified, well visualized slow motion video recordings of the movement of your vocal cords (THIS IS WHAT IS PHOTOGRAPHED)
- Radiographic evaluations help to detect causes of excessive nasal resonance. These are performed at Trinity hospital
- We furnish a differential diagnosis of paradoxical vocal cord movement as well as chronic cough by obtaining a thorough history and voice assessment in the office
- We perform preoperative analysis of laryngectomy patients’ ability to use and care for their speaking valves
- We complete clinical evaluation of swallow in the office
- We utilize flexible fiberoptic endoscopy evaluation of swallow (FEES) technology in the office to visualize and track the food's course into the esophagus.
- Modified barium swallow studies (MBSS) are performed in partnership with either Doctors or Trinity Hospital's radiology departments to detect blockage and/or restriction of food passing through the mouth and into the throat. It is also useful in determine whether your food is going into your lungs.
- We utilize a number of different treatment approaches to meet our patient's needs including Resonant Voice, Flow Phonation, Confidential Voice, Vocal Function Exercises, Lee Silverman Voice Therapy and Tension Displacement Protocol.
- We measure and fit speaking valves following total laryngectomy surgery (this is complete removal of the voice box).
We also treat swallowing problems through the use of stabilizing strategies such as chin tucks to protect the airway, head turns to direct passage of food though the most open passage and exercises to strengthen tongue base movement