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Voice changes

Is it common to have voice changes after Intensive Care?

Some (but not all) patients notice changes in their voice after Intensive Care. This can include things like developing a whispery or husky voice, or a voice that isn't quite as loud as before. Voice changes are more common among patients who have spent longer on the ventilator or breathing machine, and among those who've had a tracheostomy (a tube inserted through the throat and into the windpipe).

Why do I have changes to my voice?

This is usually due to having had a tube in your throat (the breathing, endotracheal or ET tube) while you were attached to the ventilator or breathing machine.

How long will it take to get better?

Voice changes are usually temporary and will recover over time.