The Turkish Voice, Speech, and Swallowing Society

May 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 4

Associate Prof. Sevtap Akbulut, President

The Turkish Voice, Speech, and Swallowing Society (VSSS) was founded in 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey, by its honorary President Prof. Ferhan Öz, Prof. Nermin Başerer, Prof. Günter Hafız, Prof. İsmet Aslan, Prof. Hakan Akyol, Prof. Elif Aksoy, Dr. Barış Karakullukçu, Dr. Gayem Köprücü, Dr. Burcu Ardalı, and Dr. Berna Erdebilin. The main motive in founding the VSSS was to fulfill a vision of bringing together all professionals who worked with one or more of the specialty areas of voice, speech, and swallowing. Since 2008, VSSS has worked to help all professionals from different areas of voice, speech, language, and swallowing disorder interests to meet with each other to share knowledge and bond under its leadership. In doing so, VSSS aims to share knowledge with the public, patients and their families, public authorities, and medical professionals of all areas of the specialty.

The VSSS organization to look at voice, speech, language, and swallowing disorders through the eyes of a multidisciplinary team including speech-language pathologists, ENT specialists, neurologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, pediatric neurologists, pediatric psychiatrists, voice coaches, and teachers. Dealing with voice, speech, language, and swallowing disorders has been a personal effort in our country for many years since the idea of providing treatment in the areas of speech, language, voice, and swallowing is a fairly new area in rehabilitation. As a developing specialty in Turkey, there weren’t any organized efforts or professional associations leading the way.

The VSSS has always aimed to set the standards and define the field, the disorders, the ways of treatment for public and patient awareness, and to be a resource for higher authorities and medical professionals in Turkey. In addition, it works to define the scope of practice for professionals of different areas so that each professional’s role in the area is well understood. In addition, VSSS aims to stay on the cutting edge in understanding and treating voice, speech, language, and swallowing disorders by pursuing medical studies to be performed in Turkey, as well as collaborative studies with other countries. While doing so, the VSSS establishes bases, sets the standards to be parallel, and further unites with international standards as they are being applied in other countries.

With all these goals, we have been affiliated members of the AAO-HNS/F, IALP, ELS, Turkish ENT-HN Society, and Istanbul ENT-HN Society and have regularly participated in Turkish regional and national medical meetings offering workshops and panels, organizing committees, and representing our country in key international meetings. As a growing society, we have taken larger steps every year, and we are working passionately on two upcoming major projects for 2019-2020. These projects include the writing and publishing of a laryngology book and organizing VOICEISTANBUL— International Conference on Voice in All Aspects, September 19-22, 2019.

The Turkish Voice, Speech, and Swallowing Society would like to extend an invitation to AAO-HNS members working in the areas of voice, speech, and swallowing to join us at VOICEISTANBUL in Turkey and to enjoy the scientific discussions as well as the city of Istanbul and Turkish hospitality.