Voice Care Services
The Cedars-Sinai Voice Care Services specializes in the prevention, assessment, and treatment of problems associated with the voice. Our therapists are licensed speech-language pathologists certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association who have been specially trained to evaluate and treat a wide variety of voice disorders from a broad spectrum of the public including: singers, actors, teachers, television and radio broadcasters, and others who use their voices for professional and non-professional demands. You may require our services if your voice problem prevents you from being able to fulfill your daily voice needs without difficulty, discomfort, or limitation.
All of our voice therapists have advanced degrees and performance experience in the Fine Arts. Whether you are a person whose voice is needed for general or professional use, this background provides a unique and more thorough understanding of the voice and the special problems that may present in a variety of high-demand situations. Additionally, the research of our therapists has been presented in books, articles, and at the world-renowned annual Voice Foundation convention.
Some of the most common conditions that we treat are:
1. Vocal fold polyps
2. Vocal fold cysts
3. Voice fold paresis/paralysis
4. Muscle Tension Dysphonia
5. Poor vocal hygiene including irritation from acid reflux
We have powerful, state-of-the-art technology such as videostroboscopy (a camera attached to a scope that can easily look at your vocal folds) and a Computerized Speech Lab to ensure that we receive the most accurate information to provide you with the most effective treatment and education. Other tools that are instrumental in assessing the severity of your voice concerns include the Voice Handicap Index, Singers Voice Handicap Index (if applicable), and the Reflux Symptom Index. Our speech pathologists' background in singing and acting also provides a unique perspective on voice use for both the professional and non-professional voice user. Education and training under some of the world’s foremost physicians, voice scientists, and researchers provide a strong foundation for understanding and treating the entire range of voice disorders.
For appointments in the outpatient clinic, a doctor's written prescription is needed. It may be sent by fax or mail. Prior authorization by the patient's health plan or insurance carrier may also be needed. Following the receipt of a prescription by Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, the individual will be contacted to arrange an appointment.
Cedars-Sinai Voice and Speech Services
444 S. San Vicente Blvd., Suite 701
Los Angeles, CA 90048