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Chronic cough and frequent throat clearing can be frustrating and concerning, impacting one's daily life and overall well-being. However, speech therapists, or speech-language pathologists (SLPs), can play a crucial role in addressing and alleviating these issues. Not all SLPs are qualified to treat voice problems.

Janet Bennett is a Speech Pathologist (SLP) in North Carolina, who can help fix a chronic cough and throat clearing.

Here's how an SLP can help chronic cough and frequent throat clearing in Asheville

Assessment and Diagnosis: The first step is a comprehensive evaluation to determine the root cause of chronic cough or throat clearing. SLPs assess the patient's vocal and swallowing function, looking for any underlying issues such as vocal cord dysfunction, acid reflux, or improper swallowing techniques. An evaluation by an otolaryngologist is recommended before visiting a speech therapist.

Individualized Treatment Plans: Based on the assessment findings, the SLP develops a tailored treatment plan. This plan may include exercises and strategies to improve vocal quality, reduce irritation, and enhance swallowing function.

Voice Therapy: If the chronic cough or throat clearing is due to vocal cord issues, SLPs provide voice therapy. This involves techniques to improve vocal cord function and reduce irritation, which can significantly reduce coughing.

Swallowing Therapy: If swallowing difficulties contribute to the problem, SLPs can teach safe swallowing techniques to prevent irritation and coughing while eating or drinking.

Behavioral Strategies: SLPs also educate patients on behavioral strategies to minimize throat clearing, such as avoiding throat-clearing "tics" and promoting healthier vocal habits. Being a habitual nasal breather is a must!

Collaboration: SLPs often work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as otolaryngologists, to address underlying medical conditions that may be causing chronic cough.

Janet Bennett at Asheville Speech is a valuable ally in the treatment of chronic cough and throat clearing. Through assessment, personalized treatment plans, and a combination of therapeutic techniques, she can help individuals find relief and improve their quality of life. If you or someone you know struggles with these issues, consulting Janet is a recommended step toward effective management and potential resolution.

Contact Asheville Speech to fix chronic cough and frequent throat clearing in Asheville and North Carolina

Reach out to Janet Bennett, M.Ed., Speech Pathologist at (828) 285-8814 or using the contact form below. Janet works with both adults and children. She has over 40 years of experience. Therapy is available for symptoms that may not always be identified as problematic. However, they can result in medical issues. The cause must be treated to find a cure.

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(828) 285-8814