The King's Speech and Those With Spasmodic Dysphonia
What is spasmodic dysphonia?
Think of it as stuttering of the voicebox where the words get stuck in the throat level rather than the mouth level.
Both conditions result in patients severely limiting their social engagements and cause tremendous stress when communicating with others.
Many people know what stuttering sounds like... Now listen to what spasmodic dysphonia sounds like here in this video. This video also shows how spasmodic dysphonia is treated with botox injections to the vocal cord. Such injections calm the spasms down so that the person is able to speak almost completely normally for at least 3 months until the botox wears off and it needs to be repeated.
Botox injections for spasmodic dysphonia as well as other conditions are performed by Dr. Chang every week.