Voice and Swallowing Disorders

A high-tech team approach

Established in 1991, the Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders at The University of Kansas Hospital has helped hundreds of adults and children with conditions that affect their voices and swallowing.

The Center brings together an experienced, highly trained team of professionals. They include:

  • A laryngologist (otolaryngologist) who specializes in larynx (voice box) and swallowing problems
  • A pediatric otolaryngologist who diagnoses and treats infants, toddlers and adolescents with feeding and swallowing difficulties
  • A neurologist who specializes in movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Speech-language pathologists who specialize in diagnosing and treating patients with speech, swallowing and voice disorders


Voice problems and swallowing disorders can be caused by:

  • Alcohol
  • Allergies
  • Aging
  • Birth Defects
  • Cancer
  • Colds and Respiratory Infections
  • Constant Clearing of the Throat
  • Esophageal Reflux
  • Infections
  • Injury
  • Menstrual Cycle
  • Neurological Disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Scarring from Neck Surgery
  • Screaming
  • Smoking
  • Throat Dehydration
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Vocal Strain or Overuse


Common symptoms of voice and swallowing disorders include:

  • Constant urge to cough or clear your throat
  • Discomfort
  • Hoarseness
  • Swallowing difficulty

Voice and Swallowing Conditions

Voice and swallowing problems can be caused by a number of medical conditions.

Diagnostic Tests

Learn more about the specialized tests available to identify these disorders.

Treatment for Voice and Swallowing Disorders

Our physicians have been recognized as pioneers in the treatment of voice and swallowing disorders.