Before this year's pandemic, UW Medicine clinicians would see patients in person to provide therapy for voice, breathing, and swallowing conditions. Many patients need retraining after surgery or an acute medical event involving their airway.
Online, mask-free sessions have expanded opportunities for therapists who treat patients' vocal, breathing, and swallowing disorders.
“It’s all the same system,” said Dr. Albert Merati, a UW Medicine otolaryngologist. “Things that irritate your nose or throat would also irritate your ears.”