The Voice Program at the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Therapy Center is dedicated to improving the vocal function our patients need for home, community, work, and school environments.
A comprehensive evaluation and assessment process allows us to provide individualized therapy for each patient.
►Patient and family education
Who Uses Voice Program Services
Our program treats both pediatric and adult patients with abnormal vocal quality due to vocal strain, cancer, vocal nodules, polyps, and a variety of other causes.
Contact the Voice Program
616.242.0366 or 800.668.6001
Voice Program Services Explained
To be seen, a patient must first have his or her condition evaluated by a physician who writes a prescription.
The VisiPitch is used to capture a small recording of the voice.The information is analyzed to reveal differences in phonation time, frequency (pitch), intensity (loudness) and perturbation (shakiness of voice).This information provides a baseline of function and describes the difference from the norm.
A digital recording of vocal cord movement under a halogen light source reveals differences in structure and function of the vocal mechanism.
A digital recording of vocal cord movement under a strobe light source reveals differences in movement of vocal cord symmetry, amplitude, periodicity, mucosal wave and glottal closure.
The nasometer has a specialized headset designed to measure the airflow through the nose rather than through the mouth when speaking.
Patients work with a specially trained speech therapist. Voice therapy may focus on some or all of the following areas: vocal hygiene; relaxation techniques; oral resonance therapy; easy onset therapy; optimal breathing techniques; laryngeal strengthening; and digital manipulation.
Patient and family education
We consider family involvement to be a key component of our program. We educate both the patient and the family on any potential safety concerns. We also provide training and support to ensurethe patient’s treatment is able to continue at home and in other settings.