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The Aging Voice Part 2: A Vocal Capabilities Battery for Presbyphonia

presented by Edie R. Hapner, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

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Financial: Edie Hapner receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Edie Hapner has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course, with Edie Hapner, provides detailed instruction in instrumental and non-instrumental techniques for evaluating aging voice. The course begins by instructing participants to rule out other diagnoses through the laryngeal examination, neurological examination, and respiratory examination, before taking a deeper dive into the perceptual voice evaluation, acoustic voice evaluation, and the aerodynamic voice evaluation.

Meet Your Instructor

Edie R. Hapner, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

Edie R. Hapner is professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, codirector of the UAB Voice Center, and director of speech and hearing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Among her honors, Dr. Hapner was named the George W. Barber Jr., Foundation Endowed Professor in 2021, ASHA Fellow in 2019, Associate Fellow of the American…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Introduction: the Sound of Senescence

The first chapter of this course is designed to frame the goals of the presbyphonia evaluation, including the effects of aging on systems that are related to voice.

2. Vocal Quality of Life

The second chapter of this course will describe the Vocal Capabilities Battery, instruction the participant in how to establish a base-line of function in their client.

3. Case History

Once the vocal quality of life is established, it is important to then determine the level of vocal function of the client through a detailed case history. This chapter will provide the tools for the participant to gather the information needed to determine vocal capability in the aging adult.

4. The Perceptual Evaluation

This chapter will introduce and demonstrate the implementation of the perceptual evaluation for aging voice, including the specific tasks required and the research background for this approach.

5. The Aerodynamic Assessment

This chapter will introduce and demonstrate the implementation of the aerodynamic assessment, including the techniques and available technology needed to measure aerodynamic function.

6. The Acoustic Assessment

This chapter will introduce and demonstrate the implementation of the acoustic assessment, including the techniques and different forms of technology that are available to reliably assess acoustic function.

7. Understanding Changes in Behavior

The final instructional chapter of this course will provide the tools to make sure that the patient is ready for change, in order to ensure that therapy is as effective as possible.

8. Learning Assessment

Test your knowledge with a series of case-based questions.

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