What Your Voice Says About You


The cost for this online course is $20. The estimated time to complete this course is 60 minutes. Learners will be asked to complete an activity post-assessment with a passing score of 75%.

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Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.


Nearly all of us use our voices regularly to communicate socially, professionally, or artistically. Laryngeal/voice disorders occur in 3-9% of patients of all ages. They can take on many forms, such as a singer's difficulty securely hitting the top note of their singing range to an individual with terminal laryngeal carcinoma. Voice disorders may occur due to structural/anatomical factors and/or the improper or ineffective use of the vocal mechanism.  

Those viewing this presentation will have the opportunity to hear various voices of patients and rate what they hear. These patients will serve as case studies and examples for a more in-depth discussion of the anatomy and physiology of voice production and evaluating and treating some common important voice disorders. 

Technology advances and newer treatment options will also be highlighted.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize how laryngeal disorders may affect everyday life.
  • Describe the major anatomical and physiological elements of voice production.
  • Identify and classify some common voice disorders.
  • Assess voice/laryngeal disorders and recommend appropriate referrals or treatments. 


Hannah Reussner, MSA'25
College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University

Lee A. Reussner, MD
Founder and Director, Kansas Voice Center

Dr. Reussner has been practicing otolaryngology head and neck surgery since 1994. He did his undergraduate coursework in Lawrence at the University of Kansas, graduating with distinction. He went on to medical school, also at the University of Kansas, where he received his doctorate degree. He completed a surgical internship and otolaryngology residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York after graduating from medical school. He also contributed to research related to parathyroid gland function from the University of Rochester and on cancer and diseases of the immune system from the University of Kansas. He has been board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and has been an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery since 1995. Dr. Reussner is the director of the Kansas Voice Center and a member of the Voice Foundation, specializing in the treatment of voice and throat disorders/diseases, including cancer and thyroid disease. He can also offer the latest minimally invasive surgical approaches for parathyroid surgery. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Being a music-lover, he is also serving on the Board of Directors of the Wichita Grand Opera. In addition to medicine, Dr. Reussner enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, traveling, and playing basketball.


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Recording date: May 6, 2021
Date of original release: May 19, 2021
Most recent review/update: May 19, 2021
Termination date: May 18, 2024

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 1-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hours.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals, medical procedures, and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director.

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individuals have no financial conflicts with ineligible companies to disclose:

  • Hannah Reussner, MSA'25, speaker

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have a financial conflict with ineligible companies to disclose:

  • Lee A. Reussner, MD, speaker, has no financial relationships but does intend to discuss the off-label use of a commercial product.


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
  • 1.00 IBON


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