Topic Areas: Voice and Upper Airway Issues

Topic Chairs: Adrienne Hancock

Content Area: Speech-Language Pathology

Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area include the assessment and management of people with normal or disordered voice or upper airway issues, throughout the lifespan. This includes professional and occupational voice use, gender-affirming voice and communication, and tracheostomy and ventilator dependence. Additionally, upper airway issues including chronic cough, irritable larynx, paradoxical vocal fold motion, exercise induced laryngeal obstruction, etc. should be submitted to this topic area. Proposals that address interprofessional competencies or collaborative care outcomes specific to voice and upper airway issues should be included in this topic area.

Research

  • Translational, applied, or implementation research related to voice and related disorders of the upper airway (i.e. cough, paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction, irritable larynx, exercise induced laryngeal obstruction, tracheostomy, ventilator dependence, etc.)
  • Outcomes research related to voice or disorders of the upper airway (i.e. cough, paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction, irritable larynx, exercise induced laryngeal obstruction, tracheostomy, ventilator dependence, etc.)

Professional Education

  • Basic science in voice and related disorders of the upper airway (chronic cough, paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction, irritable larynx,exercise induced laryngeal obstruction, tracheostomy, ventilator dependence, etc.)
  • Normal and abnormal voice production across the life span
  • Epidemiology of voice disorders and related disorders of the upper airway (e.g., chronic cough, paradoxical vocal fold motion, irritable larynx, exercise induced laryngeal obstruction, tracheostomy, ventilator dependence, etc.)
  • Prevention of voice disorders and related disorders of the upper airway (e.g., chronic cough, paradoxical vocal fold motion, irritable larynx, exercise induced laryngeal obstruction, tracheostomy, ventilator dependence, etc.) throughout the lifespan
  • Instrumental (acoustic, aerodynamic, imaging, new and emerging technologies) and perceptual assessment of voice and related disorders of the upper airway (e.g., chronic cough, paradoxical vocal fold motion, irritable larynx, exercise induced laryngeal obstruction, tracheostomy, ventilator dependence, etc.) including clinician perception, patient/client perception, public perception, etc.
  • Technology as it relates to voice and upper airway issues (mobile applications, devices, software)
  • Innovative service delivery models through telepractice technology, in the evaluation, management and service delivery for voice, and disorders of voice and the upper airway (e.g., chronic cough, paradoxical vocal fold motion, irritable larynx, exercise induced laryngeal obstruction, tracheostomy, ventilator dependence, etc.)
  • Populations with unique vocal demands (e.g., professional voice users, singers, gender-affirming, occupational voice, etc.)
  • Management of disorders of voice and resonance
  • Management of related disorders of the upper airway (e.g., chronic cough, paradoxical vocal fold motion, irritable larynx, exercise induced laryngeal obstruction, tracheostomy, ventilator dependence, etc.)
  • Person-centered care models addressing voice or upper airway issues
  • Tissue engineering and vocal fold biomaterials
  • Interprofessional team development and implementation for management of voice disorders
  • Administrative and regulatory issues related to voice, voice disorders, related disorders of the upper airway and gender-affirming voice
  • Education, training, and supervision issues specific to developing competency in assessment and management of voice disorders, related disorders of the upper airway and gender-affirming voice
  • Psychosocial impact of voice disorders, related disorders of the upper airway, and gender-affirming voice on daily activities and participation in social contexts
  • Ethical considerations in service delivery for voice disorders, related disorders of the upper airway, and gender-affirming voice

Related Topics

Proposals addressing voice disorders  but with a primary focus in

  • Alaryngeal voice after treatment for head and neck cancer should be submitted to the Head and Neck Cancer Issues topic area.
  • Craniofacial anomalies and associated resonance disorders should be submitted to the Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders topic area.
  • Public speaking and professional communication proposals should be submitted to the Leadership and Professional Issues topic area.
  • Gender-inclusive care practices applicable to all areas of the disciplines should be submitted to Equity, Inclusion and Influence on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity topic area.
  • Tracheostomy and ventilator dependence with an emphasis on swallowing should be submitted to Adult Swallowing, Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing, or Head and Neck Cancer Issues topic areas.
  • Tracheostomy and ventilator dependence with an emphasis on augmentative and alternative communication should be submitted to the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) topic area.
  • The use of telepractice in the delivery of service that include technology-based approaches and outcomes at the system level should be submitted to Telepractice topic area.

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