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Speech and Swallowing Problems


The Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Associated Otolaryngologists of Pennsylvania (AOP) offers a wide range of preventative, diagnostic, and therapeutic services for voice, head and neck cancer, and swallowing disorders.  Our speech pathologists are board certified and work alongside physicians who specialize in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). 

  • Videostroboscopy (direct visualization of the larynx/voicebox)
  • Voice therapy
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)
  • Speech therapy
  • Botox injections for spasmodic dysphonia (in conjunction with Dr. John Fornadley)
  • Modified barium swallow studies (video x-ray of swallowing function)
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
  • Swallowing therapy
  • Palatal evaluations for velopharyngeal incompetence
  • Laryngectomy (removal of voicebox) care
  • Alternative communication for laryngectomees (individuals with their voicebox removed)
  • Electrical stimulation for facial weakness/asymmetry
  • Aural (hearing) rehabilitation

 

Videostroboscopy

This assessment is appropriate for individuals who are experiencing hoarseness, loss of vocal range, voice change, vocal fatigue, weak/breathy voice, throat pain or burning, and frequent throat clearing/coughing. 

Videostroboscopy is performed using a rigid or flexible endoscope that is held in the back of the mouth or nose. The larynx/voicebox is visualized while the patient sustains the sound "ee." The exam is recorded and reviewed with the patient at the end of the appointment. The exam itself typically takes less than 5 minutes.

 

Modified Barium Swallow Study 

This assessment is appropriate for individuals who are experiencing difficulty swallowing, swallowing changes associated with head and neck cancer, a sensation of something "stuck" in the throat, frequent pneumonias, and unintentional, significant weight loss.  

This study is performed off-site in a radiology department. The patient is asked to eat and drink various consistencies of food and liquid that has been mixed with barium, which allows visualization of the swallowing structures and function in real-time while the patient swallows. The exam itself typically takes 5-10 minutes.

 

Voice, Speech, and Swallowing Therapy

We provide therapy services for individuals with voice, speech, and/or swallowing disorders.  Our speech pathologists work with you to determine individualized treatment goals, modify strategies depending on performance, and measure your progress throughout therapy. 


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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