I'm almost always hoarse. Lost range, tone and quality. Can I get it back?
I've have been singing with bands for 20 years, always had a strong voice and did rock and R&B with ease. Several years ago, I was in an accident that caused brain damage. I had extended physical therapy so I was not performing for a couple years. I've been trying to get back into performing but finding my voice just isn't there. Even talking for extended periods makes me hoarse. My tone and vibrato have really deteriorated. Some mornings I even wake up hoarse with a sore throat. I've seen an allergist ("it's sinus"), a GI ("it's reflux"), one neurologist ("it's due to weakness from the TBI") and three ENTs, two who said they don't see anything structurally wrong and one who said my right vocal cord was slightly weak and suggested speech therapy which didn't help.
I am beyond frustrated and really devastated that I can't seem to do something I love and used to do so easily. I haven't been able to get any answers so I don't know how much is age, how much is actual damage from the accident and how much can be regained. Has anyone lost their voice for a long period and been able to regain it? Any suggestions would be appreciated.