Definitions of Aphonia


The term aphonia has been constituted with Greek words: a (understood as “without”) and phonos (translated as “sound”). It is a concept used in the field of medicine to refer to the impossibility of emitting sounds that allow speaking or, in other words, the absence of a voice. This eventuality is considered a somewhat more serious matter than dysphonia (a qualitative or quantitative disorder of phonation that originates from organic or functional causes).

This disease is an ailment that, on many occasions, is especially suffered by professionals who “live” on their voice. Thus, it is not uncommon that with a certain frequency the fact that a singer has been forced to carry out the suspension of a concert due to suffering from hoarseness has occurred.

It is important to keep in mind that the voice is a sound that extends through the larynx from the expired pulmonary air and ends up amplified and reinforced through the resonance cavities. The voice constitutes a characteristic detail of each individual as a whole.

In this sense, it should be noted that, although there are many and diverse causes that can lead a person to suffer from this condition that we are analyzing, we find the fact that the most common circumstances that cause it are the excessive use of voice, tobacco, drinking alcohol or having drinks that were excessively cold.

A fairly frequent cause of aphonia is the breakage of the recurrent laryngeal nerve, which is responsible for routing most of the muscles located in the larynx area. This nerve can be damaged during surgery (such as a thyroid operation) or by a tumor.

In short, most of the symptoms of aphonia are caused by physiological reasons, among which are the alternations and disorders that affect the second and third dorsal areas and that atrophy or damage the lymphatic nerves, whose mission is associated with coordination.

There is another type of aphonia, called functional or psychogenic aphonia, that afflicts patients with psychological difficulties. When analyzing the larynx of those affected, it is found that their vocal cords fail to join or maintain distance when trying to speak. Instead, they can do it smoothly when coughing. Treatment for functional aphonia consists of psychological help and advice from a speech therapist or speech therapist.

Within the health field there are various treatments to end the aforementioned disease, however, it should not be forgotten that it can also be used for the same purpose as natural treatments or homemade tricks. Among the most effective is something as simple as boiling water and once it is cold add the juice of a lemon. A liquid with which you should gargle at least twice a day.

Likewise, it should not be forgotten that it is also recommended to eat pineapple, take zucchini broths or thyme infusions with a little lemon and a tablespoon of honey. Tricks all of them fruit of the tradition that have passed from generation to generation in favor of our health.