Presbylaryngis (thinning or aging of the vocal cords) causes the edges of the vocal cords (which normally close completely together) to no longer meet as they should. The result – commonly seen in older patients – is a thinned, diminished voice.
Common symptoms of presbylaryngis include:
- A higher, thinned, reedy voice
- Voice being hard to hear
- Need to use more effort to speak
Presbylaryngis can be confirmed when observation with stroboscopy shows a thinned vocal cord with diminished vibration.
Patients with presbylaryngis may undergo voice therapy, with the objective of learning to speak with increased breath support to produce a stronger voice. Some patients may also benefit from a vocal cord injection which will thicken the vocal cords, resulting in improved closure and a louder voice.
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