Hoarseness commonly occurs as a result of a cold or extended periods of talking, singing, or yelling. But if hoarseness doesn’t resolve after two weeks, it might be a symptom of a more serious condition.

Causes of Hoarseness

Some causes of prolonged hoarseness include:

Evaluating Hoarseness

A review of your medical history and lifestyle, along with a visual inspection of your vocal cords and an acoustic evaluation, may reveal the cause of prolonged hoarseness.

Treatment of Hoarseness

Ted Mau, M.D., Ph.D., in the operating room performing microsurgery on the vocal folds.

If hoarseness is caused by a medical condition, such as allergies or acid reflux, resolving the condition often resolves the hoarseness. Often, behavioral intervention in the form of voice therapy is used to address hoarseness and optimize voice production. Sometimes in-office procedures or surgical intervention will be required to address the underlying cause of the hoarseness.

Request an Appointment

If you experience any change in your voice that is impacting your livelihood, we can help. To schedule an appointment with one of our laryngologists, or for more information about our services, call 214-645-8300.