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Voice + Swallowing Disorders

The larynx, also known as the voice box, is an important part of the respiratory system that affects your voice and ability to swallow. Living with a voice and swallowing disorder like acid reflux disease or laryngeal trauma can take a toll on how you breathe and swallow.

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Helping you find your voice

Having a voice, speech, swallowing or airway disorder can make it more difficult to do what you love, like enjoy your favorite meals or chat with friends. That’s why we’re proud to bring a deep level of understanding to the table for issues involving the larynx and upper airway.

If you notice persistent symptoms like difficulty breathing, a weak or breathy voice, a constant need to clear your throat or throat tenderness, now is the time to tap our Tufts Medicine team to get to the bottom of it.

Otolaryngologist Richard Wein, MD examining patient's throat during an ENT appointment at Tufts Medical Center.
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We provide a helping hand to people living with the following voice and swallowing conditions:

Acid reflux
Breathing problems related to narrowing of the voice box and upper trachea
Laryngeal papillomatosis
Laryngeal trauma
Non-acid reflux disease
Vocal cord cancer
Vocal cord paralysis
Vocal fatigue


Voice therapy is a tried and true treatment for reversing voice and swallowing conditions. If your progress isn't what you hoped for, you may benefit from other treatment options, such as:

  • Biopsies of vocal cord lesions
  • Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing
  • Laryngovideostroboscopy
  • Trans-oral biopsies of vocal cord lesions
  • Vocal cord injections for vocal cord paralysis

And if surgery is needed, we offer some of the latest techniques, like operative microlaryngeal phonosurgery and laryngeal framework surgery. Rest assured, our team of experts has years of experience caring for patients with voice and swallowing disorders.

Otolaryngologist Miriam O'Leary, MD, using scope on patient at an appointment in the ENT clinic at Tufts Medical Center.
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From regular office visits to inpatient stays, find the healthcare you need and deserve close to home.

Otolaryngologist Richard Wein, MD with Miriam O'Leary, MD, using scope on patient during Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) appointment.
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