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

presented by Edie Hapner

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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 Hapner, PhD, CCC-SLP

    Edie R. Hapner is a Professor in the Rick and Tina Caruso Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Southern California and a founding member of the USC Voice Center, an interprofessional team treating persons with disorders of voice and swallowing. Dr. Hapner has authored over 33 peer reviewed articles on voice and voice disorders, four book chapters, and is the co-editor of Voice Disorders, Clinical Case Studies. She is the author of Training and Implementation of FEES, a DVD training program for clinicians. Dr. Hapner served on the Coordinating Committee of Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders, for seven years. She served as both the Coordinator and Associate Coordinator of SIG 3 during her tenure. She was the Chair of the SIG 3 Reimbursement Committee between 2006 and 2009 and served as a member of the Member Advisory Group (MAG) to ASHA's Health Economics & Advocacy Team. Dr. Hapner was an ASHA appointed member of the National Advisory Committee to the Educational Testing Service. She served as the ASHA appointed member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology's committee for the development of evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of dysphonia. She served as an ASHA site visitor through the Council on Academic Accreditation. She was the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Vice President for Convention Planning and was a member of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Convention Committee. Dr Hapner received an honors award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in 2013 and remains an engaged member of the AAOHNS. Dr. Hapner cherishes three very special awards: GSHA's Clinician of the Year; The University of Missouri's Education Program Alumnae of the Year; and the Clinical Scholar's designation of the AAOHNS. Her passion is her work with A Voice For Hope, a nonprofit organization whose mission is the prevention of head and neck cancer through early identification screening programs. She is the coordinator for multiple large-scale community-based free head and neck cancer screenings at sporting events, specifically NASCAR events around the county.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

  1. Introduction: the Sound of Senescence

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    8. Learning Assessment

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