Patients with vocal cord nodules or polyps may describe their voice as harsh, raspy, or scratchy.
There may be frequent voice breaks, easy vocal fatigue with use or there may be a decreased range of vocal sounds.
How do you know if you have vocal nodules?
Signs of Vocal Fold Nodules and Polyps
- a “rough” voice.
- a “scratchy” voice.
- a harsh-sounding voice.
- shooting pain from ear to ear.
- feeling like you have a “lump in your throat”
- neck pain.
Can vocal nodules go away on their own?
With proper voice training with a certified therapist, nodules can disappear within six to 12 weeks. Vocal cord polyps – With rest, some vocal cord polyps will go away on their own within a few weeks. Most, however, have to be removed surgically. Contact ulcers – It can take a long time for contact ulcers to heal.
How do you get vocal nodules?
Vocal nodules are hard, rough, noncancerous growths on your vocal cords. They can be as small as a pinhead or as large as a pea. You get nodules from straining or overusing your voice, especially from singing, yelling, or talking loudly or for a long period of time. Vocal nodules go by other names based on their cause.
Can you still sing with vocal nodules?
Vocal nodules typically make your voice hoarse, and it may sound raspy or breathy too. People who have vocal nodules also can’t hold a note for as long as they used to. And they can no longer sing very high or low notes, or speak in a very high or deep voice.