The typical examination for hoarseness or vocal cord complaints includes a full head and neck exam as well as visualization of the vocal cords. Sometimes a full view with a hand held mirror in the throat can be obtained but usually a view with a fiberoptic scope is needed.
Photodocumentation and the use of stroboscopy (slow motion assessment) is used to help evaluate the condition and motion of the vocal cords. This exam is performed as an office procedure and allows you, your physician, and even your vocal coach to visualize your vocal cords and aid in treatment. Exams can also be followed over time to assess response to voice therapy or healing after vocal cord surgery.