Our mission is to identify, assess, and treat a wide range of structurally and behaviorally-based communication and swallowing disorders experienced by both children and adults.
Our speech pathologists are certified and state licensed in speech-language pathology. A speech pathologist is a professional who is responsible for the identification, assessment and treatment of a wide range of structurally and behaviorally-based communication and swallowing disorders experienced by both children and adults. They also provide instruction for families of patients as well as members of the patient’s health care team regarding rehabilitation for communication and swallowing problems. They hold Masters or Doctoral degrees in speech-language pathology complete a supervised, nine-month clinical fellowship in speech-language pathology, as well pass a national examination in speech-language pathology as part of their job qualifications. In addition, UIC speech pathologists have over 30 years of combined experience diagnosing and treating communication and swallowing disorders.
The Chicago Institute For Voice Care
H. Steven Sims, MD more>>
The Chicago Institute For Voice Care is a comprehensive treatment center dedicated to the care of voice and airway disorders. Dr. Sims, is a board certified Otolaryngologist who subspecializes in professional voice care. A professional baritone singer, as well as an accomplished trombone, bassoon and piano player, Dr. Sims brings with him his knowledge of music and performance. The Chicago Institute for Voice Care promotes awareness of the importance of vocal hygiene, the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders, laryngeal function and the relationship between the larynx and other systemic diseases.
Voice Disorders Related to Underlying Structural Pathology or Behavioral Etiologies
Voice disorders occur in 1 out of 10 Americans. They can be associated with vocal overuse or abuse, they can be related to increased stress, or they can be associated with digestive tract problems such as acid reflux. Occasionally, they are an early sign of neurological disease or throat cancer. Voice problems include hoarseness, breathiness,vocal fatigue, or the use of a voice that is too low or too high in pitch. A voice that is too loud or too soft can also be problematic. Sometimes the voice spasms or breaks, such as in the rare voice disorder, spasmodic dysphonia.
An Otolaryngologist will first examine the laryngeal mechanism (throat) to determine the presence of any laryngeal pathology that might account for the voice disorder. They can also determine whether or not acid reflux is occurring. Medical and/or surgical treatment can then be planned. If no pathology is found requiring immediate surgical management, patients may be referred to an experienced speech pathologist for voice therapy. Usually, within 3-6 months, normal voice function is restored. For additional information about treatment for voice disorders, please contact the
UIC Voice Center at 866-600-CARE FREE866-600-CARE (866-600-2273 FREE866-600-2273)