Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists for Voice & Swallowing

You deserve the expertise of Southern ENT Associates Specialists for any voice or swallowing problem. Our team does not just specialize in ENT care but excels in both medical and surgical solutions for complex voice and swallowing issues. We adopt a comprehensive approach, often collaborating with speech-language pathologists, to address voice and swallowing issues.

Our Scope of Practice

Vocal Cord and Voice Examination

At our clinic, we conduct thorough vocal cord and voice examinations using advanced diagnostic technologies. The testing performed will provide us with a detailed understanding of vocal cord movement, allowing us to identify any irregularities accurately. Our approach ensures personalized treatment plans that effectively address vocal challenges.

Acid Reflux Testing

To assess the impact of chronic acid reflux on your voice and swallowing, we utilize pH monitoring and other diagnostic methods. Identifying reflux as a contributing factor allows us to create a customized treatment plan, which may include dietary advice, medication, or surgical interventions.

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What Causes Voice Changes?

Voice conditions vary widely, from hoarseness to more severe voice issues like vocal cord paralysis. These conditions may result from vocal misuse, infections, or neurological issues. Common conditions include laryngitis, vocal cord nodules, vocal cord paralysis, spasmodic dysphonia, and phonotrauma.

Types of Swallowing Issues

Dysphagia (the medical term for difficulties swallowing) can arise from muscular or neurological issues affecting swallowing stages. Common types include oropharyngeal dysphagia, often linked to neurological disorders or throat conditions, and esophageal dysphagia, characterized by the sensation of food stuck in the throat or chest, possibly due to strictures or motility disorders.

Treatments for Voice and Swallowing Issues

At Southern ENT Associates, we offer individualized treatment strategies for voice and swallowing disorders, focusing on each patient's unique condition and needs. Our array of treatment options includes:

Collaborative Voice Therapy:

Partnering with experienced speech-language pathologists to enhance vocal quality and function.

Targeted Medications:

Utilizing specific drugs to treat underlying infections or reduce inflammation.

Surgical Solutions:

Performing precise surgical procedures to eliminate growths or rectify structural issues.

Innovative Swallowing Therapy:

Teaching adaptive swallowing techniques through personalized therapy.

Nutritional Modifications:

Recommending dietary adjustments to alleviate symptoms.

BOTOX Treatments:

Administering BOTOX injections for select neurological conditions.

Our expert team at Southern ENT Associates employs the latest in diagnostic technology to pinpoint the root causes of these disorders, ensuring that each treatment plan is effective and appropriate and produces real-world improvements.

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Candidates for Treatment

If you're experiencing symptoms that impact your ability to speak or swallow, you may be a suitable candidate for our treatment programs. Symptoms indicating potential voice or swallowing disorders include persistent hoarseness, frequent throat clearing, a stubborn cough, discomfort while swallowing, or feeling like food is stuck in your throat. Our ENT specialists can conduct a thorough evaluation of these symptoms to develop an effective treatment strategy.

The Recovery Journey Post-Treatment

The recovery timeline varies depending on the treatment approach. Patients undergoing voice therapy often notice improvements within a few weeks, while those who have undergone surgery might need a phase of rest and subsequent treatment. For swallowing disorders, improvement can be incremental, with ongoing therapy sometimes extending over months to enhance swallowing safety and function. Our team is committed to guiding each patient through their recovery, setting achievable goals, and providing a well-rounded recovery plan.

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Why Choose Southern ENT Associates?

Southern ENT Associates stands out for its cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment technologies, such as videostroboscopy and esophagoscopy, offering our patients state-of-the-art care. We are honored to serve our patients with customized personal care. We understand the unique importance of voice and swallowing functions in living life in comfort and with confidence.

At Southern ENT Associates, you are more than just a patient; you're part of a family committed to your health and well-being. We offer not just medical solutions but also the support and guidance essential for successful treatment and recovery.

With 6 convenient locations in Southern Louisiana, we make accessing the treatment you need easy.

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