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The Aging Voice Part 1: The Impact, Causes, and Treatment 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, introduces students to the prevalence of presbyphonia, and discusses it's impact on an aging population in the United States and around the world. The course begins by explaining why presbyphonia matters, both at an individual level and within the context of changing demographics in the United States and around the world. Edie Hapner then explores the effect of aging on the voice, and introduces evidence-based treatment modalities for presbyphonia.

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. Why Does Presbyphonia Matter?

Why is it important for speech language pathologists to be aware of and able to treat the aging voice? This chapter will explain the demographic changes that are making concerns around the aging voice more prevalent in the United States and around the world.

2. Sarcopenia and the Voice

The second chapter of this course will provide important background about what happens to the voice during the aging process, including physical changes to the vocal folds, respiratory changes, and neurological changes.

3. Treatment Modalities

This chapter will provide the participant with a framework for treatment modalities that are available to speech language pathologists for treating the aging voice.

4. Injection Augmentation Approach

Among the modalities available for speech language pathologists to employ in treating the aging voice, injection augmentation is an important option. This chapter will provide background on the efficacy and use cases for injection augmentation.

5. Bilaterial Thyroplasty

This chapter will describe the bilateral thyroplasty process and describes its efficacy and it’s place within the presbyphonia treatment modality hierarchy.

6. Pharmacological Interventions and Emerging Research

The final chapter of instruction of this course will introduce the participant to emerging techniques, including interventions that incorporate medications to improve complaints related to the aging voice.

7. Learning Assessment

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

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