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New clinic offers help for patients with voice problems

Those who are experiencing hoarseness or other voice, swallowing or shortness of breath problems can now find help at the University of Kentucky Clinical Voice Center.  The center, which operates through the College of Health Sciences, is the only one of its kind in Kentucky.  It offers state-of-art evaluation and treatment of all types of voice disorders, including vocal cord dysfunction, head and neck cancer and dysphagia.

The clinic is equipped with the latest instrumentation, including a high speed digital endoscopic system, which captures vocal fold motion 66 times faster than older methods; the latest systems for measuring vocal function; and a flexible instrument that permits superior views of the vocal cords and is comfortable for patients of all ages.

In addition to the latest technology, a multidisciplinary team of professionals all work together to treat patients with a variety of different voice problems or disorders.

Many of these disorders are caused by overuse through common activities such as singing and talking.  Others are caused by cancer or health conditions.

Referrals for services at the Clinical Voice Center can be made by a physician, speech-language pathologist, voice specialist such as a singing coach or voice coach and by self-referral.  Costs are covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare. 

The Clinical Voice Center is located on the third floor of the Kentucky Clinic.  To schedule an appointment call 859-257-0143.

To find out more about the clinic, visit


The Clinical Voice Center is hosting a free community lecture on "Voice Health Across the Lifespan."

Saturday, April 4, 2009
WT Young Library Auditorium
9–10 a.m.: Registration/light refreshments
11 a.m.–12 p.m.: Q&A session
Free parking is available in the parking garage located on the corner of Rose Street and Hilltop Avenue.

(Please note entry into the garage is located only on Hilltop Avenue and not accessible via Rose Street).

This event is free, but please register by calling 1-800-333-8874

To view a flyer about the event, click here (PDF).







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