Voice Problems?

Having problems with your voice?

Students with suspected voice problems are referred to Debbie Phyland at the Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre in East Melbourne. The Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre (MVAC) is a specialist diagnostic service equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to analyse your voice and examine your larynx (voice box). Operated by qualified Speech Pathologists and Otolaryngologists (Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons) who have a specific interest and experience in the management of voice problems, this unique service is the only fully private one of its kind in Victoria.





Contact MVAC on:  03 9416 0633 Fax: 03 94173293

Alternatively, you can send an email to mvac@unite.com.au

76 Victoria Parade

East Melbourne 3002





A Voice Problem:

  • Is an unexpected change in the sound or feeling of your voice which doesn't suit your vocal needs.

Symptoms include: Huskiness, hoarseness, lowered pitch, decreased pitch range, difficulty projecting voice, voice breaks, throat discomfort (tickling throat clearing, pain), voice fatigue or decreased stamina.

When to seek help:

  • When symptoms persist in the absence of an illness longer than two to three weeks.

  • Immediately if you have throat pain not associated with a cold/flu or if you are coughing up blood or have a lump in the throat.

  • If you have a complete loss or severe change in voice lasting longer than a few days.

  • If ignored, the problem can become chronic, more severe and can lead to development of pathologies like nodules.

  • Rarely due to cancer unless you have been a smoker and a heavy drinker.

  • Is commonly misdiagnosed as laryngitis and often inappropriately given repeated antibiotics or long-term use of throat gargles.

Some common causes of voice problems

  • Voice use patterns (eg faulty, excessive, misuse, abuse or discuss)

  • Irritants - smoking (cigarettes, marijuana), dust/pollutants

  • Allergy

  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux

  • Stress

  • Medication

  • Vocal injury:- trauma to larynx (intubation, external hit to the neck etc)

  • Health issues/diseases: eg. Asthma, thyroid dysfunction, arthritis, hormonal imbalance or neurological problem.

  • Upper respiratory tract infections/inflammation

  • Others.

Some realities about voice problems

  • Majority of voice problems don’t need surgery

  • The majority of voice problems are avoidable and remediable

  • Even the most accomplished highly trained singer can develop a voice problem (same as an elite athlete is still susceptible to injury)

  • Voice problems can have a huge psychological impact and can also be caused by psychological distress

  • You don’t realize how crucial your voice is until you lose it

  • Other people can be unsympathetic about voice problems and tend to comment more readily than they would if someone limped, stuttered or was in a wheelchair, e.g. “Have you got a cold?” or “That’s a sexy voice”. Often they raise their own volume assuming the person also has a hearing problem.

  • 2/3 of voice problems are due to faulty use and can lead to pathology such as swelling, nodules, cysts or bleeds in the cords.

Prevalence of voice problems

  • Virtually everyone at some stage over a one year period will experience a ‘croaky throat whether due to a cold, fatigue or something more serious or long-lasting.

  • Whether this becomes a problem, usually depends on the severity, duration, how much you depend on your voice for social and vocational purposes and your reaction to the symptoms.

  • 1/3 of performers experience some problem with their voice over a 1 year period, frequently requiring them to cancel a performance or to give a substandard performance.

  • High risk groups are those who use their voices a lot, those who use their voices incorrectly and those who use the extremes of their voice without relief, eg. school teachers, auctioneers, barristers, aerobics instructors, singers, actors, spruikers, sales representatives, telephonists/ call centre operators, clergy, children (yellers, choristers) etc.


Location: 180 Mountain View Pde

Rosanna,  Melbourne, Aus 3084 

Email: info@dotssinging.com

Phone: 0417553969