The "Voice Team" care provided at the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation is helping patients better understand their voice disorders even as it aids the team members in diagnosing those disorders and formulating treatment plans. With increased understanding of the problem, patients become more active participants in treatment, often helping to shorten recovery time.
At the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation, a "team" approach is taken in the evaluation, care, and management of voice disorders. Specifically, the "voice care team" at BBIVAR is comprised of otolaryngologists, voice pathologists, dysphagia specialists, and a singing voice specialist. Outside of BBIVAR, other team members may include radiologists, pulmonologists, oncologists, gastroenterologists, primary care physicians, allergists, singing voice teachers/coaches, and acting voice teachers/coaches. With this "team approach" to care, patients are provided with optimal care an increased understanding of the voice disorder.
Laryngeal function studies are performed by Voice Pathologists who are specially trained to collect objective data using several sensitive instruments. This information, combined with the eye and the ear of the highly skilled clinician, provides a thorough and efficient means for evaluating voice disorders. This information is then shared with the Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) who comprises the other component of the voice team. Decisions are then made for the appropriate medical, surgical, or rehabilitative treatments.