How Can a Goiter Impact Your Voice?

thyroid gland

The thyroid gland sits at the front of the neck and base of the throat. There it makes many of the hormones your body requires for its numerous processes. If your thyroid begins to produce more hormones than are necessary for the body to function, it can increase in size. This side effect of hyperthyroidism is called a goiter. In some cases, a goiter may actually become visible, and the neck may appear bigger. Under other circumstances, a change occurs only to your voice. Because the thyroid gland is larger than normal, it can affect the way the throat produces sound. If you have noticed a change to your voice that has made it sound raspier than normal, it may be because of a goiter.

Do you suspect that a goiter is affecting your throat and voice? West Hills Hospital & Medical Center can help. Call (818) 676-4000 to schedule a consultation with a physician at our West Hills facility.

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