Speech Center

The speech language pathologists at the Speech Center at Augusta ENT provide evaluations and treatments for a wide range of voice and swallowing disorders. Our experts have earned their certification of clinical competence in speech-pathology through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Voice Evaluations

Voice evaluations are required to determine the cause of your voice disorder. These include:

  • Perceptual evaluations of your voice including assessment of pitch (too high or too low), quality (hoarse, nasal) and loudness (too loud or too soft).
  • Videostroboscopic examinations of the larynx are performed to obtain magnified, well visualized slow motion video recordings of the movement of your vocal cords.
  • Radiographic evaluations help to detect causes of excessive nasal resonance. These are performed at Trinity hospital.
  • Differential diagnosis of paradoxical vocal cord movement requires a thorough history and voice assessment.
  • Preoperative analysis of laryngectomy determines the patients’ ability to use and care for their speaking valves.

Swallowing Evaluations

A clinical evaluation of your ability to swallow is completed with the use of:

  • Fiberoptic endoscopy evaluation of swallow (FEES) technology is used to visualize and track the food’s course into the esophagus.
  • Modified barium swallow studies (MBSS) are performed in partnership with either Doctors or Trinity Hospital’s radiology departments to detect blockage and/or restriction of food passing through the mouth and into the throat.

Voice Treatments

There are a number of different treatment approaches, including:

  • Resonant Voice
  • Flow Phonation
  • Confidential Voice
  • Vocal Function Exercises
  • Lee Silverman Voice Therapy
  • Tension Displacement Protocol

Swallowing Treatments

Swallowing problems are treated through the use of stabilizing strategies such as:

  • Chin tucks to protect the airway.
  • Head turns to direct passage of food though the most open passage.
  • Exercises to strengthen tongue base movement.

Speech Center Locations

The Speech Center operates at the Augusta and Evan locations.

The hours are as follows:

Augusta / Sutherland Mill

Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5:00pm

Evans

Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5:00pm

Aiken

Mon-Fri: 8:00am-5:00pm