Treating Spasmodic Dysphonia


To date, no known cure for spasmodic dysphonia exists. However, several forms of treatment are available to alleviate or control the symptoms of the vocal spasms on a temporary or long-lasting basis. While these do not address the underlying neurological dysfunction, they usually give enough symptom relief to enable a person to regain control of and improve the quality of their voice.

Similar to other problems affecting the larynx, SD can be approached with a single type or a combination of treatments, as no single strategy will be appropriate for every case. A physician’s recommendation of a specific treatment regimen depends on his or her experience and expertise in diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders, as well as the collaborative input of the patient. In general, treatment for voice disorders falls into three broad categories: speech therapy, medical therapy, and surgery. Perseverance and patience are important when dealing with SD, and finding the best treatment for each individual involves time and a team effort with the patient and the specialists

Please note: The treatment options for spasmodic dysphonia featured on the NSDA website are reviewed by the NSDA Medical Advisory Board. The criteria for inclusion of specific treatments are based on whether treatment protocols have been verified by publication of peer-reviewed research, and/or whether they have been endorsed via the general consensus of experts from the fields of neurology, otolaryngology, and speech-language pathology.