A voice disorder is a medical condition that may include impairment in voice quality, pitch, loudness, resonance, stability, stamina and breathing pattern. This could result in dysphonia (vocal impairment to varying degrees) or aphonia (no voice).
If you have been suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, a thorough voice evaluation should be done by a physician and a speech-language therapist. Many people receive voice therapy, from a speech-language therapist. Voice therapy involves teaching good vocal hygiene, reducing/stopping vocal abusive behaviors, and direct voice treatment to alter pitch, loudness, or breath support for good voicing. Stress reduction techniques and relaxation exercises are often taught as well.