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October 30, 2007

Sample of Speech Therapy for Muscle Tension Dysphonia

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Audio clips of patients with muscle tension dysphonia before, during, and after speech therapy has been added to our webpage describing this disorder. Note that speech therapy is a dynamic interaction between the therapist and patient in which the patient's responses leads the therapy as opposed to the therapist dictating when and how the therapy proceeds. Click here to listen.

New Image of a Vocal Cord Mucosal Bridge Added

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An intra-operative photo illustrating a vocal cord mucosal bridge has been added to the voice section of our practice's website. The image shows the instrument passing through the bridge. There is a varix present on the opposite vocal cord. Full explanation is located here.

October 29, 2007

New Webpage on MRSA Infections (Methicillin-Resistant Staph Aureus)

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A new webpage has been posted describing MRSA. Strategies of how to handle a family member with MRSA is also described as well as how to prevent spread to uninfected household members. As always, please see your doctor for evaluation and treatment.

October 28, 2007

Automatic Appointment Phone Call Reminders

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Starting this week, our office will be initiating automatic appointment phone call reminders. There will be the option to confirm the appointment or have the phone call re-directed to our office to cancel or reschedule an appointment. At this point in time, there will be a strange number (Seattle, WA area code) for those with caller ID. However, in a few weeks, our office number will appear instead.

October 12, 2007

New Video Example of Nasal Speech Caused by VPI

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New video exam of a child with hyper-nasal speech has been posted here. The cause of this child's hyper-nasal speech was due to a right lateral velopharyngeal insufficiency due to a slight right soft palate paresis. In this particular case, the child and parents also noticed that food and liquids kept coming out the nose whenever she swallowed. This deficit spontaneously resolved after about 1 month.

For more examples of causes of nasal speech, click here.
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