Monday, March 31, 2014

10th Annual Voice Conference

Advanced Topics in the Diagnosis and Treatment of
Laryngeal Disorders Laryngeal Stroboscopy
in Clinical Practice with Hands-On Instruction

Friday & Saturday June 27 & 28, 2014


Instructional Personnel Disclosures

About the Program

This is a two-day program designed to educate otolaryngologists and speech-language pathologists in advanced topics in the diagnosis and treatment of laryngeal disorders. The conference will cover the fundamentals of laryngeal stroboscopy, including clinical applications, diagnostic and clinical challenges with case study review in a team approach. Specialized voice therapy techniques for a variety of vocal pathologies including therapy for the performing voice. Hands-on instruction in both rigid and flexible endoscopy will be provided.

Program Objectives

By attending this program, participants will:
  • Discuss the fundamentals and limitations of the laryngeal stroboscopic examination.
  • Discuss differential diagnoses of laryngeal pathologies.
  • Discuss voice therapy techniques for a variety of vocal pathologies.
  • Discuss therapy interventions for the performing voice.
  • Discuss techniques and protocol performing for rigid and flexible endoscopy.

Please call Barbara Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S at 443-849-8451 for questions regarding any of our upcoming conferences.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

When to Initiate Voice Therapy?


I am a singer and live in Virginia. Since January I've been having problems with my voice including reduced range, tiring easily, and lack of proper sound. Last week my ENT doctor diagnosed acid reflux and prescribed omeprazole for the next three months. I will make a number of lifestyle changes at the same time.

I hope to see a voice therapist who works at Riverside Hospital in Newport News.

How long should I wait before I begin voice therapy?

Thank you.

Barbara P. Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S replies...

Thank you for posting your question to our question and answer forum. If you are having difficulty with your voice I recommend that you initiate voice therapy now rather than waiting until later since you are experiencing vocal difficulties.

Voice therapy can serve to improve vocal endurance, range and efficiency. The reflux medicine you have been prescribed should reduce the level of acid reaching your voice box to reduce irritation. Combination of voice therapy and pharmacological management of reflux is recommended.

Kind regards,