Presbyphonia A variety of etiologies contribute to the high prevalence of voice disorders in older adults. Presbyphonia is one diagnostic term used to describe voice problems attributed to age-related physiological changes. These changes can impact all subsystems of voice production. Voice problems interfere with communication and result in reduced quality of ... Article
Article  |   March 07, 2018
Presbyphonia
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Cara Sauder
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Albert L. Merati
    Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
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  • Financial: Cara Sauder and Albert L. Merati have no relevant financial interests to disclose.
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Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Part 1
Article   |   March 07, 2018
Presbyphonia
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 19-26. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG3.19
History: Received July 14, 2017 , Revised September 21, 2017 , Accepted September 22, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 19-26. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG3.19
History: Received July 14, 2017; Revised September 21, 2017; Accepted September 22, 2017

A variety of etiologies contribute to the high prevalence of voice disorders in older adults. Presbyphonia is one diagnostic term used to describe voice problems attributed to age-related physiological changes. These changes can impact all subsystems of voice production. Voice problems interfere with communication and result in reduced quality of life. Several surgical and behavioral treatment options to mitigate the symptoms of presbyphonia have been shown to improve quality of life in older adults. However, the best treatment approach for presbyphonia is unknown. There is still much to learn about the underlying pathophysiologic changes that most contribute to presbyphonia and their responsiveness to treatment. The anticipated rapid increase in the population of older adults will provide opportunities to gain additional knowledge about the aging voice and improve quality of care.

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