What Causes Voice Changes?
Voice changes can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'serious' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose voice changes, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "voice changes" as a symptom. Here are two possibilities:
- Larynx Cancer
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
recent onset hoarse voice
increased sensitivity to touch
reduced sense of taste
history of chewing tobacco use
impaired ability to walk
occasionally feeling unusually cold
not feeling injuries
heaviness of the legs
severe muscle weakness
reduced sense of smell
inability to tell hot from cold
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of voice changes:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Mouth/Oral Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about recent change in voice:
Within the past few years, months or weeks, has your voice changed in any way, for no apparent reason?
→ No / don't know
→ A little, I think
→ Moderately - I have had a few comments about it
→ Significantly - Many have noticed it
→ Yes, it has changed almost beyond recognition
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate slight voice change, voice change or major voice change, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
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