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Prevalence of voice disorders in the Arab region is expected to be higher than 6%

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) 6% of the population have speech, voice or language disorders. The prevalence in the region is expected to be higher however, unfortunately, there are no official statistics regarding the prevalence of voice disorders for neither the UAE nor the Arab region.

Dr. Yaser S. Natour, Associate Professor of Speech Language Pathology at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, UAE, says that the management and treatment of voice disorders has changed over the years, where the integration of three subsystems (respiration, phonation, and resonance) is now being more emphasized. Physiological exercises (such as laryngeal massage and vocal function exercise) are now common practice and treatment is no longer restricted to being medical, psychological, hygienic and/or symptomatic.

Dr. Natour will be speaking at the 9th Middle East Update in Otolaryngology Conference & Exhibition (Head and Neck Surgery) taking place on 22-24 April 2012 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.

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