Welcome to the 2017 Northwest Voice Conference: The Art & Science of the Performing Voice! The conference is in Alder Auditorium at 1310 40th St NE, west of the UW Campus.
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Friday, April 21 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Do I have to Sound so Old? Evaluation & Management of the Aging Performer

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Presbyphonia, or age-related voice change, is a diagnosis of exclusion, and other comorbidities must be considered in a complete evaluation of elderly patients with dysphonia. The aging voice can have a significant effect on the quality of life of the patient. In addition to the molecular effects of aging on the laryngeal tissues, the etiology of presbyphonia is often multifactorial because of comorbidities in the other organ systems involved in phonation. After a comprehensive evaluation, presbyphonia may be treated conservatively with voice therapy or with a range of interventions. Research into tissue engineering and electrical reanimation offers future options for treatment of presbyphonia. Currently, a multidisciplinary approach offers the most complete improvement in the vocal quality of life in this patient population.

Learning Objectives - Upon completion of this discussion, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the pathophysiology underlying age-related dysphonia. 
  2. Discuss advanced diagnostic techniques for presbyphonia. 
  3. Apply current treatment strategies for patients with presbyphonia

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Michael Johns III, MD

Otolaryngologist, Keck Medicine of USC
Dr. Johns is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan and trained as a research fellow through their National Institute of Health T32 program.   He then pursued a fellowship in laryngology and care... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am PDT
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105