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Conditions We Treat: Voice and Swallowing Impact from Neurologic Disorders

A number of neurologic disorders can cause changes in voice and/or swallowing function. Often, patients already have a diagnosis from a neurologist and are referred to the Voice Center to be evaluated for interventions that can help with their voice or swallowing. Occasionally, a voice or swallowing problem can be the first or only symptom of a neurologic condition.

Voice and Swallowing Impact from Neurologic Disorders: What You Need to Know

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  • The most common neurologic disorders that affect voice and/or swallowing function are spasmodic dysphonia, tremor, Parkinson's disease and stroke.
  • Other more rare neurologic disorders that can affect voice and swallowing function include multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive motor neuron diseases, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
  • If your symptoms are mainly voice related, your Voice Center team will discuss and recommend treatments aimed at improving your vocal quality, projection, and effort required to speak.

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Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Neurologic Disorders Affecting Voice and Swallowing Function?

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Our Physicians

Rely on the expertise of our physicians to treat neurologic disorders affecting voice or swallowing function.


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Our Patient Education

Dr. Lee Akst, Director of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center, answers some of the most frequently asked questions.

Watch our Voice Center FAQ video.