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Women tout treatment received at voice clinic

Published: Thursday, April 16 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

Bergstedt, who has a substitute come to her classroom each Wednesday so she can take a day off to rest her voice, said she's seen improvement in the past month since being referred to the clinic.

Her therapy consists of voice exercises and massages, which she will likely continue for another month.

Dan Houtz, a speech pathologist who was doing voice therapy with Bergstedt on Wednesday, said her problems "are not that uncommon," particularly among teachers, attorneys, broadcasters, telemarketers and customer service representatives who use their voices professionally for hours each day.

Bergstedt previously had a vocal cord polyp removed, but it has returned, and specialists are now working to see if they can solve the problem without resorting to surgery again.

"I actually look forward to coming" to the clinic, she said. "It gives me new tools to help manage my job. My students need a teacher who can be excited and enthusiastic, and it's hard to do that without my voice."

Smith said some patients experience dramatic improvement in voice quality in one 45-minute visit, depending on their particular challenges and the type of therapy available to deal with them.

Carson, who works as a physical therapy assistant, said life after her surgery is "a beautiful thing. I don't have to think about my voice any more. There was a point in my life where I wondered if it would always be hard to talk, but I don't even think about it anymore."

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Free voice screening

The University of Utah Voice Disorders Center, 729 Arapeen Drive in Research Park, is offering free voice screening today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance registration is required. Call 801-587-3549 to reserve a spot. For more information, see the Web site at www.healthcare.utah.edu/voicecenter.

The University of Utah Voice Disorders Center, 729 Arapeen Drive in Research Park, is offering free voice screening today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance registration is required. Call 801-587-3549 to reserve a spot. For more information, see the web site at www.healthcare.utah.edu/voicecenter.Free voice screening

The University of Utah Voice Disorders Center, 729 Arapeen Drive in Research Park, is offering free voice screening today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance registration is required. Call 801-587-3549 to reserve a spot. For more information, see the Web site at www.healthcare.utah.edu/voicecenter.

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