Management of Presbyphonia

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Background: The proportion of individuals over 65 years of age in developed countries is increasing rapidly, due in large part to current and projected increases in life expectancy.Within the aging population, the incidence of vocal disorders is estimated to be between 12%-35%. Literature Review: Presbyphonia, or age-related dysphonia, is a diagnosis of exclusion. Patients’ other comorbidities must be evaluated completely. The complexity of presbyphonia involves the changes in the diverse tissues of the true vocal folds, musculature, and cartilage. Patients would get benefit from treatment of voice therapy or surgical laryngeal augmentation procedures. Purpose: The aim of this literature review is to describe presbyphonia and several kinds of its management. The primary treatment goal is to enhance glottal closure either by voice therapy or surgical interventions (phonosurgery) such as injection augmentation (IA) and bilateral thyroplasty surgery (BTS). Holistic physical evaluation had to be done to reach complete medical therapy. Conclusion: The best therapy for presbyphonia are voice therapy, or surgery followed by voice therapy and voice hygiene.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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