If videostroboscopy has been recommended, an examination will define, in detail, the best method to return your voice to its normal pitch and clarity. Videostroboscopy is a brief examination using two different instruments to photograph and videotape vocal fold appearance, behaviour and overall health.
This test allows both the doctor and the therapist to properly diagnose and then plan the quickest and safest recovery without unnecessary cost to the patient. Dr. Hands spends time after each examination showing the patient his/her voice, how it is working versus how it should work. The visuals are beyond educational. The slow-motion data provided is used to better understand why the voice is breathy or harsh, raspy or hoarse. The necessary procedures and exercises are discussed to rehabilitate the voice back to health.
Often the patient has been told that the vocal cords look normal. This indicates that medicine and/or surgery is not needed. It is likely that the vocal musculature is likely the source of the problem. The vocal folds move 100–300 times per second when we speak; therefore, a slow-motion device (video strobe) is needed to properly assess them.
Documentation of the procedure is mandatory. Each patient leaves the examination with a photograph of their vocal folds and a full examination report detailing to them and to their peers what is wrong with his/her voice. If future testing is needed to provide the doctor and therapist with more information to monitor progress, it is done free of charge during one of the following therapy visits.
It is commonly compared to a physiotherapy for a knee or ankle but instead, it is the larynx, tongue and breathing mechanics. Once the body remembers its normal sequences of movement, the resonance and muscular memory in speaking or singing become effortless again.