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:
inability to tell hot from cold
reduced sense of smell
occasionally feeling unusually cold
poor bodily coordination
specific muscle weakness
long-term hoarse voice
slightly impaired ability to walk
reduced sense of taste
low lymphocyte count
history of chewing tobacco use
loss of sense of touch
... 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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