For nearly 10 years, the Midwest Voice Center has offered cutting-edge treatment for adults and children with speech and swallowing disorders in Minneapolis/St Paul and surrounding suburbs. The Midwest Voice Center is run under the direction of V. Stuart Cox, M.D. and Ann E. Smith, M.S. CCC. Both pediatric and adult, professional and non-professional voice users are treated. In addition, the center treats adults with swallowing disorders that sometimes appear following head and neck cancer treatment.

Who would benefit from an evaluation?

Any adult or child with a voice complaint such as hoarseness or any difficulty using the voice.

Adults may have hoarseness or voice changes due to:

  • Voice Abuse
  • Smoking
  • Vocal Cord Nodules, polyp or cysts
  • History or Suspicion of Vocal Cord Cancer
  • Radiation Therapy to the Neck or Larynx
  • Endotracheal Intubation
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Strain
  • Stroke
  • Neurological Disorders: Parkinsonism, MS, ALS, head injury
  • Laryngeal Injury
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Vocal Cord Bowing

Children may have hoarseness or voice changes due to:

  • Voice Abuse
  • Recent Surgery
  • Craniofacial Disorders

Who typically gets voice problems?

Voice changes or throat discomfort can occur in anyone but especially in:

  • Professional Speakers
  • Teachers
  • Clergy
  • Politicians
  • Singers
  • Coaches

What evaluation and treatment methods are used at the Midwest Voice Center?

The Midwest Voice Center offers the finest equipment available for the evaluation of vocal dysfunction in the Twin Cities. Our digital laryngeal stroboscopy allows for comprehensive assessment of the vocal fold’s structure and vibratory characteristics. Sharp, clear, permanent images are stored digitally to compare pre- and post-treatment studies. In addition to video stroboscopy, The Midwest Voice Center utilizes acoustic analysis of speech and voice, alaryngeal speech rehabilitation, voice therapy and functional endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES). Examinations are completed in a comfortable outpatient setting requiring only topical anesthesia.