Speech Pathology

Your Speech Pathologists In Atlanta

The ENT Institute is staffed by fully licensed speech pathologists in the Atlanta area dedicated to the clinical care of individuals with voice, swallowing, and speech/communication disorders.

We are committed to providing patients with the highest quality of diagnostic and therapeutic services in order to improve voice, swallowing, and communication abilities and overall quality of life. Our goals are to continuously strive to help you (or someone you know) communicate more clearly, easily, effectively, and confidently and/or swallow (eat/drink) more easily, confidently, and safely. At times, it can seem difficult to get direct answers about your voice, swallowing, or communication difficulties but here at the ENT Institute, you will have our full attention. We understand the fears and frustrations that may coincide with these types of disorders, and we are here to help you.

We recognize that even the minor symptoms you experience can be irritating and possibly interfere with daily life. Your concerns and questions are taken very seriously, no matter how small or large they might seem. And we LISTEN to you. The care you will receive at any of the ENT Institute offices in Atlanta is based upon the very latest research findings, and provided by extremely skilled and trained Atlanta speech pathologists who maintain national and state certifications, competencies, and licenses, and further their expertise through continuing education courses and professional conferences. The speech pathology approach here at the ENT Institute involves consistent communication with you in order to arrive at an individually tailored treatment plan together that can easily fit into your daily life.

For professional singers and speakers, vocal nodules as well as other voice issues and pathologies are treated. Therapies are also available for singers recovering from cancer. In addition to medical intervention, instructions are given for exercises that strengthen the voice and protect vocal chords. Often, singers suffer damage simply from using the wrong part of the throat.

Atlanta Speech pathologists are responsible for the vocal health and management of patients in order to prevent the occurrence/recurrence of a voice disorder, reduce or eliminate the voice disorder (if present), help the patient produce a voice of the best possible pitch, loudness, and quality in relation to the individual’s age and gender, and rehabilitate the voice to a level of function that enables the patient to fulfill his/her daily voice and/or speech communication needs. You may want to consider visiting the ENT Institute regarding your voice if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms or complaints:

  • voice changes lasting longer than two weeks (especially if you smoke)
  • pain in your throat when talking that is not from a cold or flu
  • a severe change in your voice (or complete loss of voice) lasting longer than a few days that is not associated with a cold or the flu
  • persistent voice changes that inhibit your ability to do your normal activities
  • vocal fatigue
  • hoarseness or other change in the pitch/timbre or quality of your voice
  • a loss in a portion of your speaking or singing range
  • tightness/discomfort or burning sensation in your throat
  • a sensation of something stuck in your throat
  • difficulty making your voice sufficiently loud or soft
  • breathlessness when you speak
  • tremor quality or abrupt starts and stops of your voice that you have difficulty controlling
  • a feeling of the need to cough or clear your throat frequently

Among others, here are some individuals that may benefit from voice therapy services:

  • Professional & vocational voice users
  • Presenters/Lecturers
  • TV/Radio Broadcasters
  • Actors/Singers
  • Ministers
  • Lawyers
  • Teachers
  • Receptionists
  • Telemarketers
  • Fitness Instructors/Cheerleaders
  • Police/Military Personnel
  • Anyone already diagnosed with a voice disorder/pathology

Speech pathologists in Atlanta are responsible for the dietary management of patients in order to prevent aspiration and limit its occurrence, prevent aspiration pneumonia, reduce the occurrence of weight loss from swallowing difficulty, and reduce swallowing problems overall – thus improving quality of daily life (as each day involves eating, drinking, and maintaining sufficient nutrition). You may want to consider visiting one of our ENT Institute in the Atlanta – Lawrenceville – Alpharetta area regarding your swallowing if you are experiencing any of the following complaints or symptoms:

  • coughing during eating or drinking (or soon after)
  • increased congestion in the chest after eating
  • the need to swallow multiple times for one mouthful of food
  • fatigue or shortness of breath while eating/drinking
  • difficulty with pills
  • prolonged mealtimes
  • difficulty or increased effort to chew or swallow
  • a rise in temperature (fever)
  • a weight loss associated with increased slowness during eating/drinking
  • frequent pneumonia
  • runny nose or eyes during eating/drinking or afterwards

The Voice Center

Is using your voice an important part of your job?  Singers, actors, teachers, lawyers, preachers and other public speakers need to take special care of their voice — and attend quickly to any voice-related issues. The Voice Center at the ENT Institute provides that kind of specialized care. Services include various types of testing and evaluation for risk factors, as well as voice therapy and ‘vocal hygiene’ training. Professionals voice users can learn about preventative measures and vocal techniques that help reduce damage and keep their voice clear and strong over time.

To learn more about our Atlanta speech services or to schedule an appointment if you are in the Atlanta area, from Lawrenceville to Alpharetta, give us a call at any of our offices!