Sam Brady

General Advice

You may have lots of questions regarding your appointment, I have put together some frequently asked questions that should help put you at ease.

Concerned About Your Voice?

Have you noticed a change in how your voice sounds? Do you experience discomfort in your throat, a sensation of a lump, or reduced vocal stamina? These symptoms can be concerning and may indicate an underlying issue with your voice.

What Should You Do?

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s essential to take action. The first step is to book an appointment with an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Consultant. An ENT specialist is trained to diagnose and treat disorders related to the ear, nose, throat, and voice.

During your appointment, the ENT Consultant will conduct a thorough examination, which may include a procedure called a nasendoscopy. This involves using a thin, flexible tube with a camera to examine the inside of your nose, throat, and larynx (voice box). This examination allows the consultant to assess the structure and function of your vocal cords and identify any abnormalities or conditions that may be affecting your voice.

Next Steps

Depending on the findings of the examination, the ENT Consultant may refer you to a specialist in voice rehabilitation. These experts, like myself, are trained speech and language therapists who specialize in treating voice disorders and helping individuals regain optimal vocal function.

As a specialist in voice rehabilitation, I work closely with patients to develop personalised treatment plans tailored to their specific needs. Treatment may include voice therapy exercises, techniques to improve vocal hygiene, and strategies to prevent voice strain and injury.

Take the First Step

Don’t ignore concerns about your voice. Early intervention is key to addressing voice problems and preventing them from worsening over time. Book an appointment with an ENT Consultant today to get the answers and support you need to maintain a healthy voice.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with me, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’m here to help you restore and optimise your vocal health.

Finding the Right Speech and Language Therapist

Speech and language therapists play a vital role in helping individuals of all ages overcome communication and swallowing difficulties. Whether you’re seeking support for yourself or a loved one, it’s essential to find the most appropriate therapist for your needs.

Specialisations in Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and language therapists work across a diverse range of areas, catering to individuals with various communication and swallowing challenges. These may include:

  • Speech Disorders: Difficulties producing speech sounds or fluency issues such as stuttering.
  • Language Disorders: Challenges with understanding or expressing language, including receptive and expressive language disorders.
  • Cognitive Communication Disorders: Impairments in thinking skills affecting communication, often seen after brain injuries or neurological conditions.
  • Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia): Difficulties with chewing, swallowing, and managing food or liquid safely.
  • Voice Disorders: Conditions affecting the quality, pitch, or volume of the voice, such as muscle tension dysphonia or vocal cord paralysis.
Target Populations

Speech and language therapists work with diverse populations, including:

  • Children: Addressing developmental delays, speech and language disorders, and difficulties related to conditions like autism spectrum disorder or developmental language disorder.
  • Adults: Providing support for communication and swallowing difficulties arising from neurological conditions (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis), traumatic brain injuries, voice disorders, or age-related changes.
How to Find a Speech and Language Therapist
  • Through Your GP: If you’re seeking services through the NHS, you can ask your General Practitioner (GP) for a referral to a speech and language therapist specializing in your specific needs.
  • Private Practice: Alternatively, you may choose to seek services from a private speech and language therapist. You can find one through recommendations from healthcare professionals, friends, or family, or by conducting a Google search for therapists in your area.
  • Professional Associations: The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) is a valuable resource for finding private therapists. Additionally, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) website provides information on the range of conditions and populations that speech and language therapists work with.
Take the First Step

Don’t hesitate to seek help if you or someone you know is experiencing communication or swallowing difficulties. Finding the right speech and language therapist can make a significant difference in improving quality of life and achieving communication goals. Whether through the NHS or private practice, support is available to help you on your journey to better communication and swallowing function.

If you have any questions or would like assistance in finding the right therapist for your needs, feel free to reach out. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

Specialized Speech and Language Therapy for ENT Conditions

As a speech and language therapist specializing in the area of Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT), I provide targeted interventions for a range of voice and swallowing disorders. Whether you’re dealing with a specific pathology affecting your vocal folds or experiencing symptoms like throat irritation or chronic cough, I’m here to help you restore optimal function and improve your quality of life.

Conditions We Address
  • Vocal Fold Pathologies: If you’ve been diagnosed with vocal fold cysts, polyps, nodules, or other structural abnormalities, speech and language therapy can play a crucial role in managing these conditions. Through targeted voice therapy techniques, we work to optimize vocal fold function, reduce strain, and improve voice quality.
  • Non-Pathological Voice Disorders: Even if there’s no underlying pathology, issues like muscle tension dysphonia, globus sensation (the feeling of a lump in the throat), or throat irritation due to dryness or reflux can significantly impact your voice and overall comfort. I specialize in addressing these issues through tailored therapy approaches aimed at relieving tension, managing symptoms, and promoting vocal health.
  • Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia): Conditions like chronic cough or inducible laryngeal obstruction (ILO) can often be associated with swallowing difficulties. Through comprehensive evaluation and therapy, I work with individuals experiencing dysphagia to improve swallowing function, reduce disc
What to Expect

During your sessions, we’ll begin with a thorough assessment to understand your specific concerns, symptoms, and goals. From there, I’ll develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to address your unique needs. Treatment may involve a combination of:

  • Voice therapy techniques to improve vocal fold function and reduce strain.
    Swallowing exercises and strategies to enhance swallowing safety and efficiency.
  • Education on vocal hygiene practices and lifestyle modifications to promote vocal health.
  • Collaborative care with other healthcare professionals, such as ENT specialists, to ensure comprehensive management of your condition.
Take the Next Step

If you’re struggling with voice or swallowing difficulties related to ENT conditions, don’t hesitate to reach out for support. Together, we can work towards restoring your voice and swallowing function, alleviating discomfort, and improving your overall well-being.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about how I can help, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to help you achieve your communication and swallowing goals.