Hoarseness is a change in voice quality caused by abnomal vocal cord vibration.
The commonest acute causes are viral laryngitis and voice abuse, when even mild degrees of vocal cord swelling affect the normal mucosal wave pattern. These conditions usually respond quickly to voice rest, humidification and sometimes antibiotics when there is a secondary bacterial infection. In patients with chronic hoarseness consider acid reflux laryngitis, nodules, polyps, tumours, voice abuse, vocal cord weakness or Laryngeal Dystonia.
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Dr Gerald Brookes is regularly consulted by the media for his expertise. He has been interviewed by the Daily Mail, featured on Channel 4's Embarassing Bodies, looked after The X-Factor contestants and recently, appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans.
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Adele was experiencing dizziness and balance problems so severe that she could barely function. In desperation, after consulting her GP to no avail, she got in touch with Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies team. The show then contacted Dr Gerald Brookes, who was able to diagnose her rare condition as Basilar Migraine.
Catherine Eade was having dizzy spells and balance problems. When inexplicably she started suffering memory loss too, she consulted Dr Gerald Brookes at The Harley Street ENT Clinic who correctly diagnosed her problem as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
The Harley Street ENT Clinic looked after The X-Factor TV show contestants for many seasons. At the end of the 2010 season, Dr Gerald Brookes was interviewed by Nicky Broyd of Boots WebMD on the perils of high pressure performing.
Laryngeal Dystonia is a voice disorder that is characterised by involuntary spasms of the vocal cords, causing ‘breaks’ in speech and pitch variation. This frustrating disorder can make it difficult for patients to finish words or even start them — leaving them unable to communicate effectively. Dr Gerald Brookes is widely regarded as the leading specialist in this field. Here we explain what is involved in the treatment of this condition at The Harley Street ENT Clinic.