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The Aging Voice Part 3: Using Voice Therapy to Treat 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, outlines evidence-based interventions for persons experiencing presbyphonia. The course begins by providing an overview of a treatment modality framework that includes both non-invasive and more invasive measures that the allied health team can employ. Special attention is given to translating evaluation data into the most effective intervention for each individual case. Intervention approaches including vocal exercise approaches, and exuberant therapies such as LSVT and PhoRTE will be described and demonstrated via videos of patients.

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 to Therapy

The first chapter of this course will outline key considerations for voice therapy for the aging voice, including principles of overload, reversibility and maintenance, and evidence-based practice.

2. Exuberant Therapy Approaches

The second chapter of this course details exuberant approaches to therapy, and describes their effectiveness based on the research literature.

3. Vocal Function Exercises

This chapter will provide a framework for using vocal exercise as an intervention for presbyphonia, including the concepts steps needed in applying vocal function exercise.

4. Additional Exercise Approaches and Emerging Techniques

The final instructional chapter of this course will describe additional exercises and approaches that have gained attention in the research literature, and describe new devices and approaches that are being evaluated.

5. Discussion Segments

Edie Hapner discusses issues in presbyphonia evaluation and treatment with a practicing SLP, and the co-developer of the PhoRTE exuberant therapy approach, Dr. Aaron Ziegler.

6. Learning Assessment

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

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