The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in the Management of the Professional Voice User: An Otolaryngology Perspective Most individuals expect voice production to be relatively effortless, fluent, and sustainable. Moreover, they anticipate vocal flexibility within a certain pitch and loudness range. With these least common denominators in place, phonation occurs without discomfort, facilitates communication and allows expression of emotion. When a patient perceives impairment in one ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2003
The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in the Management of the Professional Voice User: An Otolaryngology Perspective
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  • Brain Spector, MD
    Ear Nose Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates, Winter Park, FL
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Article   |   March 01, 2003
The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in the Management of the Professional Voice User: An Otolaryngology Perspective
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2003, Vol. 13, 6-8. doi:10.1044/vvd13.1.6
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2003, Vol. 13, 6-8. doi:10.1044/vvd13.1.6
Most individuals expect voice production to be relatively effortless, fluent, and sustainable. Moreover, they anticipate vocal flexibility within a certain pitch and loudness range. With these least common denominators in place, phonation occurs without discomfort, facilitates communication and allows expression of emotion. When a patient perceives impairment in one or multiple of these assumed qualities, they may then present to the otolaryngologist for evaluation of dysphonia.
For a speech-language pathologist to fully understand their role in this clinical setting, it is helpful to first evaluate the approach and challenges of the treating laryngologist. The initial patient-physician interaction may be framed in a 10 to 20 minute time block. Essential features of this exchange include a pertinent history and physical examination, formulation of a diagnostic impression, patient education, and treatment planning.
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