Bastian Voice Institute physician Dr. Robert Bastian contributed two articles to the new book The Ultimate Guide to Singing: Gigs, Sound, Money and Health. The book includes 18 chapters with answers to 187 different questions asked by singers, on topics from navigating the music business to keeping one’s voice healthy.
Dr. Bastian wrote answers to the questions “Is getting surgery done on the voice ‘bad’?” and “How do I cope with the overwhelming vocal demands of gigs six nights a week? Help!” To that second question, Dr. Bastian discusses how to incorporate an “early warning system” for the health of your vocal folds—vocal tasks that he calls vocal fold swelling checks or swelling tests—into your daily routine. He also recently released a video on vocal fold swelling checks, explaining why they are beneficial and how to use them.
Bastian Voice Institute has recently added a virtual office tour to its website. We invite you to explore the friendly confines of our office space with this new virtual tour, which contains a plethora of 360-degree panoramas created by Google and a Google-licensed photographer. Walk in our front door, come up to the check-in counter, stroll through the waiting room and down our back hallway, and pop into our various examination and lab rooms. We particularly hope that this virtual office tour will give first-time patients a bit more peace of mind as they prepare for their first visit. Take a look!
In the past few months, Bastian Medical Media for Laryngology has also become more mobile-friendly and has been optimized for faster load times. In addition, many new entries, photos, and videos continue to be added to fill out the website’s range of information. The website’s mission is: “to educate about voice, swallowing, airway, coughing, and other head and neck disorders in order to help people work more effectively with their personal physicians.”
Bastian Voice Institute physicians Dr. Bastian and Dr. Richardson both taught courses at the 2013 Annual Meeting for the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, held from September 29 to October 2 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The annual conference draws thousands of attendees.
Dr. Bastian taught two courses. The first, “Vocal Play in the Diagnosis of Voice Disorders,” was about how clinicians can assess the voice’s capabilities, limitations, and aberrations by eliciting a variety of vocal tasks. The patient’s responses to these elicitations can provide critical information not revealed by the examination. The second course, entitled “Chronic Cough and Other Sensory Disturbances in the Head and Neck,” mainly addressed sensory neuropathic cough, as well as other elusive “sensations” that are often overlooked.
Dr. Richardson taught the course “Dyspnea and Noisy Breathing: Organic or Non-organic?“, which presented a diagnostic method to determine the causes of airway symptoms that have elusive diagnoses, and management of these problems, the treatment of which can sometimes be recalcitrant.
Health enews, a service of Advocate Health Care, recently published an article on spasmodic dysphonia (SD), a neurological voice disorder. Bastian Voice Institute’s Dr. Bastian is included in the article as an expert on SD.
Bastian Voice Institute has a significant caseload of SD patients, performing about 80 Botox injections per month. Periodic injections of Botox into the tiny muscles of the larynx are currently the most effective treatment for SD in widespread use.
You can learn more about SD by seeing our educational website’s entry on SD, which includes teaching videos made by Dr. Bastian.
Dr. Robert Bastian will be a keynote speaker next month at the 2013 Phonosurgery Symposium, presented by the National Center for Voice and Speech. The conference will be held on July 18-19, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and this year’s focus is “How Behavioral Treatment Can Enhance Surgical Outcomes.” Dr. Bastian will share an address entitled “A Laryngologist’s View of the Role of Speech/Voice Therapy in the Surgical Patient.” The surgery in question is microsurgery on the vocal folds.
Bastian Voice Institute is now on Twitter. Follow us at @bastianvoicedoc to receive selected excerpts from our growing set of encyclopedia entries, photos, and videos available at Bastian Medical Media, as well as alerts when we add new entries or multimedia. Our aim is to help more people with voice, swallowing, airway, and cough disorders to work more effectively with their personal physicians.
Persons with larynx or pharynx (voicebox or throat) cancer often undergo radiation therapy as part of their treatment regimen. An uncommon complication is stenosis (narrowing, scarring) of the entrance to the upper esophagus at the junction of throat and esophagus.
We have added a short video clip example of this disorder in our video gallery. You can find it on the video gallery page of our standalone learning website (Bastian Medical Media for Laryngology) or by typing in “hypopharyngeal stenosis” at www.youtube.com.