Evaluation of Professional Voice Patients: An Otolaryngologist's Perspective Vocal professionals are a challenging and diverse group of patients. Successful evaluation and management requires an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of voice production and is best accomplished through a multidisciplinary approach combing the talents of speech-language pathologists, vocal pedagogues, and physicians interested in laryngology. Verbal communication involves ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2003
Evaluation of Professional Voice Patients: An Otolaryngologist's Perspective
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  • Mark Courey, MD
    Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Nashville, TN
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Article   |   July 01, 2003
Evaluation of Professional Voice Patients: An Otolaryngologist's Perspective
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2003, Vol. 13, 13-15. doi:10.1044/vvd13.2.13
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2003, Vol. 13, 13-15. doi:10.1044/vvd13.2.13
Vocal professionals are a challenging and diverse group of patients. Successful evaluation and management requires an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of voice production and is best accomplished through a multidisciplinary approach combing the talents of speech-language pathologists, vocal pedagogues, and physicians interested in laryngology. Verbal communication involves a series of complex, incompletely understood interactions between multiple body systems. These systems, at a minimum, include the respiratory, musculoskeletal, and central nervous system. Therefore, professional voice production is more similar to the complex type of body movements and coordinated events involved in sporting activities, such as tennis, golf or throwing a ball, rather than the relatively biologic or innate activities of breathing or walking, which are required for existence.
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