About The Book

Obesity and Voice: Current Views and Future Trends examines obesity-related voice research and suggests future research trends on the link between weight loss, weight gain, obesity, and phonation.

Obesity is becoming one of the leading causes of disabilities and death. This unique text highlights the various means by which excessive weight, and weight loss, may jeopardize voice quality and endurance. All three components of voice production, the respiratory system and abdominal back and thoracic muscles as the power source, the vocal folds as the oscillator, and the vocal tract as the resonator, are targets of anatomic and systemic obesity-induced changes. Consequently, phonatory effects of obesity are inevitable.

Considering the epidemic nature of obesity, obesity-related voice research is a critical topic for anyone interested in conditions affecting the voice, especially professional voice users and physicians.

About The Authors

Abdul-Latif Hamdan, MD, EMBA, MPH, FACS, is currently a Professor of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Head of the Division of Laryngology and Director of “Hamdan Voice and Swallowing Unit” at the American University of Beirut Medical Center AUBMC. He is the founder of the “Hamdan Voice and Swallowing Unit” at AUBMC, the Lebanese Voice Association in Lebanon, the “Hamdan International Award” at the Voice Foundation, and the Voice Foundation Lebanon Chapter.

Robert Thayer Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS, is Professor and Chairman in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Academic Specialties at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University; as well as on the faculty of the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Mary J. Hawkshaw, BSN, RN, CORLN, has been associated with Dr. Robert Sataloff, Philadelphia Ear, Nose & Throat Associates, and the American Institute for Voice & Ear Research (AIVER) since 1986. She has served as Secretary/Treasurer of AIVER since 1988 and was named Executive Director of AIVER in January 2000. She is Research Professor of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Voice Foundation since 1990.

Table Of Contents

 

Chapter 1. The Epidemic of Obesity; Incidental Dysphonia

Abdul-Latif Hamdan, Robert Thayer Sataloff, and Mary J. Hawkshaw

Chapter 2. Clinical Anatomy and Physiology of the Voice

Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 3. Patient History

Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 4. Physical Examination

Robert Thayer Sataloff

Chapter 5. Obesity, Body Size and Voice

Abdul-Latif Hamdan, Robert Thayer Sataloff, and Mary J. Hawkshaw

 

Chapter 6. Obesity, Sex Hormones, and Voice

Abdul-Latif Hamdan, Robert Thayer Sataloff, and Mary J. Hawkshaw

Chapter 7. Respiratory Dysfunction (Chapter 46 from PV4)

Robert Thayer Sataloff, John R. Cohn, and Mary J. Hawkshaw

Chapter 8. Obesity, Respiration, and Voice

Abdul-Latif Hamdan, Robert Thayer Sataloff, and Mary J. Hawkshaw

Chapter 9. Reflux and Other Gastroenterologic Conditions That May Affect the Voice

Robert Thayer Sataloff, Donald O. Castell, Philip O. Katz, Dahlia M. Sataloff, and Mary J. Hawkshaw

Chapter 10. The Adverse Role of Obesity on Gastroesophageal and Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease

Abdul-Latif Hamdan, Robert Thayer Sataloff, and Mary J. Hawkshaw

Chapter 11. Nutrition and the Professional Voice

Jennifer A. Nasser, Nyree Dardarian, Abigail D. Gilman, and Sobhana Ranjan

Chapter 12. Effect of Weight Loss on Voice

Abdul-Latif Hamdan, Robert Thayer Sataloff, and Mary J. Hawkshaw

Chapter 13. Conclusion

Abdul-Latif Hamdan, Robert Thayer Sataloff, and Mary J. Hawkshaw

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