A child's voice is precious, so imagine not hearing your
child's first words or giggles or hearing a voice that doesn't
sound entirely normal.
Enter Jonathan Ida, an Ear, Nose and Throat physician at
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, who
oversees the hospital's Pediatric Voice Program, Chicago's only
program dedicated to voice conditions.
One of the most common conditions is hoarseness. It is
brought on by a number of causes, including vocal cord nodules,
cysts and paralysis or intubation upon birth. Ida says that while
hoarseness is extremely common in kids, it is not normal,
especially as the children grow older.
The program offers a number of advantages to families,
including resources and expertise in extensive airway surgery, a
voice team that has strong experience in how the voice relates to
swallowing and breathing, and skilled pediatric-specific speech
The Pediatric Voice Program is only offered at the main
hospital, but evaluations are available at the New Lenox and
Westchester outpatient centers. To make an appointment, call Carrie
Jones at (312) 227-6811.
Lindsey is Chicago Parent's summer 2013 intern. She is a senior at Ball State University.
See more of Lindsey's stories here.
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