Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Aphonia and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits | Disability Blog

A labeled anatomical diagram of the vocal fold...Image via WikipediaThere are some voice difficulties that are marked by making vocal sounds different from what they should normally be or by having problems pronouncing words properly. An example of this is dysarthria. There are other voice problems that are characterized by an impairment in your ability to produce vocal sounds with your vocal organs. An example of this is dysphonia. Aphonia literally means “no voice”. Aphonia is a condition in which you lose the ability to speak. It may involve a complete or partial loss of your voice. You may not be able to speak at all, or you may only be able to whisper. There are two main categories of aphonia. They are organic and functional. Organic aphonia results from some kind of infection, injury or disease like laryngeal or thyroid cancer. Functional aphonia is aphonia where there is no discernable physical cause for the condition. An example of this is hysterical aphonia. As just mentioned, aphonia may be caused by physical conditions like inflammation, disease, or injury. This includes:

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