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Current Otorhinolaryngology Reports

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 168–174 | Cite as

A Review of Voice Therapy Techniques Employed in Treatment of Dysphonia with and Without Vocal Fold Lesions

  • Karen Drake
  • Linda Bryans
  • Joshua S. Schindler
Professional Voice Disorders (G Garrett, Section Editor)
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  1. Professional Voice Disorders

Abstract

Purpose of Review

The purpose of the review is to provide otolaryngologists a framework for understanding voice evaluation by speech-language pathologists and the voice therapy techniques they employ.

Recent Findings

Recent reports have demonstrated the efficacy of behavioral voice therapy in the management of a variety of types of dysphonia, including those associated with vocal fold lesions and those without.

Summary

Otolaryngologists can be experts in managing specific laryngeal lesions to improve voice. However, not all voice problems have lesions amenable to surgical or medical therapies. Many are associated with maladaptive voicing behaviors. Speech-language pathologists can be experts in both the evaluation of vocal function and technique. They may employ a variety of techniques to improve vocal quality and function in patients with and without structural or neurologic laryngeal pathology. Otolaryngologists can partner to manage a constellation of voice problems with directed voice evaluation and therapy. A basic review of these techniques and this partnership with voice therapists is presented.

Keywords

Voice therapy Phonosurgery Muscle tension dysphonia Laryngeal pathology Laryngeal hyperfunction Dysphonia 

Notes

Compliance with Ethics Guidelines

Conflict of Interest

Dr. Karen Drake, Dr. Linda Bryans, and Dr. Joshua S. Schindler declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Drake
    • 1
  • Linda Bryans
    • 1
  • Joshua S. Schindler
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryOregon Health and Science University Northwest Clinic for Voice and SwallowingPortlandUSA

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