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Position Statement: Voice Therapy in the Treatment of Dysphonia

Position Statement: Voice Therapy in the Treatment of Dysphonia

Voice therapy contributes to increased effectiveness and efficiency in the otolaryngologist’s diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders. Research data and expert clinical experience support the use of voice therapy in the management of patients with acute and chronic voice disorders and may obviate the need for surgery. When surgery is necessary, adjuvant voice therapy can improve surgical outcomes, prevent additional injury, and limit additional treatment costs.

Adopted: 9/28/2005
Reaffirmed: 12/8/2012
Reaffirmed: 3/20/2016

Note: A more detailed Consensus Statement developed in support of this position statement exists. Click here to read the complete statement.

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Position statements are approved by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery or Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) Boards of Directors and are typically generated from AAO-HNS/F committees. Once approved by the Academy or Foundation Board of Directors, they become official position statements and are added to the existing position statement library. In no sense do they represent a standard of care. The applicability of position statements, as guidance for a procedure, must be determined by the responsible physician in light of all the circumstances presented by the individual patient. Adherence to these clinical position statements will not ensure successful treatment in every situation. As with all AAO-HNS/F guidance, this position statement should not be deemed inclusive of all proper treatment decisions or methods of care, nor exclusive of other treatment decisions or methods of care reasonably directed to obtaining the same results. Position statements are not intended to and should not be treated as legal, medical, or business advice.

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