At the Vocal Health Center, there are two
options for evaluation. The first option is
an individual evaluation with the physician
laryngologist, Dr. Hogikyan, and the second
option is our Multidisciplinary Clinic for
Occupational and Professional Voice Users.
The decision about which option is appropriate
for a particular patient is typically made
during the initial telephone contact with our
receptionist or nurse.
The evaluation by Dr. Hogikyan includes a
medical and voice history, and an ear, nose
and throat examination. This is followed by
a vocal capabilities assessment, and an in-depth
examination of the patient's larynx (voice
box) using the latest diagnostic equipment.
No special preparation is necessary on the
day of this examination.
Patients who are seen in our Multidisciplinary
Clinic for Occupational and Professional
Voice Users undergo additional in-depth
assessments by a speech pathologist and
a voice training specialist. This program
was developed to serve people that have special
or high vocal demands. Such occupational
and professional voice users include: teachers,
salespeople, business executives, singers,
clergy, broadcast professionals, telephone
operators and public speakers. Others
may be candidates for this clinic as
well. Once a diagnosis is obtained, an
individualized care plan is developed and implemented.
Most voice disorders are readily treatable
when diagnosed properly. Emphasis at
the Vocal Health Center is placed upon
diagnosis and treatment, followed by
education about correct voice use to
help prevent future vocal problems. Treatment
- education about healthy vocal habits
- voice therapy and vocal rehabilitation
- laryngeal microsurgery