The SIU Voice Clinic is dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis, treatment and management of laryngeal and voice disorders. Services are available for people with vocal misuse and overuse syndromes, recurrent laryngitis, spasmodic dysphonia, swallowing problems, vocal cord paralysis, aging voice, cancer of the vocal cord, scarred vocal cords and benign vocal cord growths.
Patients may be referred by their physician or may refer themselves. To request information or make an appointment, call 217-545-8000.
The SIU Voice Center accepts Medicare, private insurance and many managed health care plans. Voice therapy is not always covered by health insurance. If you have any questions, please call patient billing at 217-545-4966.
Patients are seen by a laryngologist and speech pathologist with special training in voice disorders. Tests may include a video of the larynx, voice recording and interpretation, and measurement of airflow and pressure during speech. A complete physical exam of the throat and larynx is also done. The complete exam usually takes 45 minutes to one hour. Most therapy is completed within two months.
Patient treatment plans usually include medication, surgery and/or voice therapy. Frequently, it is a multi-factorial combination of voice therapy and medical management.
1. Laryngeal Paralysis
2. Vocal cord scarring
Other online voice information:
The Voice Foundation
National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association