Speaking, singing, eating … these are things we take for granted on a daily basis but health problems impacting these daily activities can negatively impact our quality of life. Whether simply a voice change, discomfort with speaking, chronic or persistent cough, or due to a more complex autoimmune or neurologic problem, our team can evaluate, diagnose and develop a treatment plan to improve that quality of life.
TriHealth offers advanced care to patients with voice and/or swallowing difficulties due to a variety of disorders effecting the upper airway and larynx (throat). Our specialist partners with speech pathologists to evaluate and develop the best treatment options. These treatment options can involve modifying our diets or making lifestyle changes, working with our therapist, taking medication, or advanced and minimally invasive in office or surgical procedures. Additionally, because of the diverse types of health problems that can impact a patient’s voice and swallowing, we integrate care with other specialists from TriHealth Digestive Institute, TriHealth Surgical Institute and TriHealth Cancer Institute.
Conditions we treat
Our voice and swallowing experts treat all conditions affecting the vocal folds, vocal cords and surrounding structures, including:
- Aging voice
- Laryngeal cancer
- Laryngopharyngeal reflux
- Reinke's edema
- Spasmodic dysphonia
- Subglottic stenosis
- Vocal cord papilloma
- Vocal cord cyst
- Vocal cord hemorrhage
- Vocal cord nodules
- Vocal cord paralysis
- Vocal cord polyps
- Zenker's diverticulum
Are you concerned you have a voice problem?
Consult the Voice Handicap Index (VHI) to determine if you have a problem and/or if it is treatable.
Our Team of Experts
Many of our otolaryngologists here at TriHealth treat patients with throat, voice and swallowing problems both medically and also perform the surgical procedures to treat these patients. Dr Sean Lewis has special interest and expertise in treatments that include advanced techniques and technology and is highlighted below along with the other members of the team.
Sean Lewis MD is a board-certified ENT, and fellowship trained laryngologist. Dr. Lewis has a special interest in voice, airway, and swallowing concerns. He completed his fellowship at Mount Sinai Hopsital in New York City. His experience there allowed him to treat many Broadway performers and singers, as well as treat professional voice patients in a high volume center with international referral base.
Dr. Lewis believes anyone that uses their voice in their line of work or at home are professional voice users. He uses advanced, minimally invasive, and microscopic techniques performing both in office procedures as well as surgeries in the operating room. Dr. Lewis also works closely with our Speech Language Pathologists in providing a multidisciplinary approach in diagnosing and treating patients conditions. In his spare time, Dr. Lewis enjoys running and training for marathons, cooking, traveling, attending the wonderful arts events here in Cincinnati, and spending time with his wife, kids, and mini goldendoodle.