Hoarseness…is it a virus or something more serious?

If you suddenly develop a hoarse voice at this time of year, allergies or a virus are usually the cause. Your voice should return to normal in a few days and can be soothed with increased fluids, humidity, and voice rest. If your voice sounds hoarse or raspy for longer than two weeks, it may be a symptom of a more serious problem. Our providers can easily use a small camera to look at your throat and vocal cords when you visit our offices. One of the most common causes of chronic or recurrent hoarseness is laryngoesophageal reflux or acid from the stomach irritating the vocal cords, especially at night, even if you don’t have classic heartburn or indigestion.(http://www.entandsleep.com/websites/entandsleepnew/templates/ENTandSleep/images/Reflux.pdf)

Posted on Mon, January 4, 2016 by Beth Fernandez filed under Hoarseness Reflux

Beth Fernandez, AuD
Beth Fernandez, AuD
Dr. Beth Fernandez is an audiologist who specializes in adult and pediatric diagnostics and adult hearing aid fitting and verification. Dr. Fernandez possesses a passion for improving the quality of life of individuals with hearing loss and tinnitus and employs the latest in evidence-based hearing aid fitting procedures in order to maximize patient outcomes. In 2005, she graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. She then obtained her doctorate in audiology from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri in 2009. Dr. Fernandez is an advocate for the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss and her clinical services include hearing conservation counseling and the fitting of custom hearing protection, swimplugs, and earbuds. In addition, she provides in-office treatment for positional vertigo. Dr. Fernandez enjoys sharing her passion for the profession of audiology through teaching and public outreach.
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