Westside Voice and Swallowing



Frequently Asked Questions

How long will therapy take?

The duration of therapy varies depending on diagnosis, severity of the problem, and prognosis. Typically we advise patients to expect weekly sessions to last for at least 6-8 weeks. 


Will my insurance cover these sessions?

Westside Voice is a participating provider with Medicare & HIP medical insurance. As a courtesy, we are happy to inquire about your specific speech therapy benefits when you provide your insurance information. Westside Voice will assist in obtaining coverage for services required. The patient is responsible for any payments not covered by insurance. Please be aware we do have a 24 hour cancellation policy.

Why do I have a voice problem?

The voice can be affected by colds, allergies, exposure to chemicals, emotions, and cheering loudly for a favorite sports team (among other factors). Clients suffering from decreased vocal quality, pitch, loudness, resonance, or stamina, may want to have their voices evaluated to assess and prevent lasting damage. 

Negative changes in vocal production (dysphonia) can be caused by lesions on the vocal folds, such as nodules or polyps. Functional problems related to excessive strain in the throat and neck may also cause dysphonia. Other impairments include paralysis of one or both vocal folds, abnormal opening of the vocal cords upon inhalation (paradoxical vocal fold movement),          and vocal fold spasms (spasmodic dysphonia). Factors related to neurological (e.g., Parkinson’s Disease), physiological (e.g., acid reflux), and psychological diagnoses may affect voicing as well.

Do you make visits to residential living facilities?

​Yes, this can be arranged.