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Unnikrishnan K Menon, Manu Raj, Libin Antony, Sumi Soman, Renjitha Bhaskaran
BACKGROUND: Many professions tend to carry inherent risks for the practitioners. In such cases, it becomes mandatory for them to be aware of the risks and counselled about the preventive measures. The inevitable first step, however, is to ascertain the burden of risk. In the case of school teachers, it is known that they are prone to voice disorders of varying hues, at some point of their career. There should be an attempt to find the prevalence in the community. Presently, there is no such data documented from Kerala, a highly literate State in southern India...
July 23, 2019: Journal of Voice
Laura Panzone, Christopher R Watts
The purpose of this study was to investigate how speakers with Parkinson's disease (PD) regulate transglottal airflow during phonation within and across breath groups, compared to healthy older adult (HOA) speakers. Aerodynamic recordings from 22 speakers with PD and 22 HOA speakers were compared. Transglottal airflow was measured from vocalic portions of consonant-vowel syllables and an all-voiced sentence using a pneumotachograph. Mean airflow in vowels and sentences in addition to the regularity (standard deviation) of airflow within and across separate productions (different breath groups) was computed...
July 23, 2019: Journal of Voice
Kathleen Wermke, Navid Sereschk, Veronique May, Vivien Salinger, Michelle Rosales Sanchez, Wafaa Shehata-Dieler, Johannes Wirbelauer
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the flexibility of respiratory behavior during spontaneous crying using an objective analysis of temporal measures in healthy neonates. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 1,375 time intervals, comprising breath cycles related to the spontaneous crying of 72 healthy, full-term neonates (35 females) aged between two and four days, were analyzed quantitatively. METHODS: Digital recordings (44 kHz, 16 bit) of cries emitted in a spontaneous, pain-free context were obtained at the University Children's Hospital Wurzburg...
July 23, 2019: Journal of Voice
Dionysios Tafiadis, Meropi E Helidoni, Spyridon K Chronopoulos, Evangelia I Kosma, Anna Alexandropoulou, Nafsika Ziavra, George A Velegrakis
BACKGROUND: Voice disorders influence the quality of people's life. When the type of disorder is determined then the clinicians are capable of finding their patients' needs and address their complaints concerning their vocal problems. One of the most used tools, for assessing the patients' quality of life (in accordance with their vocal status), is the Voice Handicap Index. In this study, we determined the cut-off scores of Voice Handicap Index for population with laryngeal mass lesions such as vocal polyps and nodules...
July 22, 2019: Journal of Voice
Mami Kaneko, Yoichiro Sugiyama, Shigeyuki Mukudai, Shigeru Hirano
OBJECTIVES: Voice therapy with semioccluded vocal tract exercises (SOVTE) has a long history of use in singers and nonsingers with dysphonia. SOVTE with increased vocal tract impedance leads to increased vocal efficiency and economy. Although there is a growing body of research on the physiological impact of SOVTE, and growing clinical sentiment about its therapeutic benefits, empirical data describing its potential efficacy in singers and nonsingers are lacking. The objective of the current study is to evaluate vocal tract function and voice quality in singers and nonsingers with dysphonia after undergoing SOVTE...
July 22, 2019: Journal of Voice
Abigail J Dueppen, Monica L Bellon-Harn, Vinaya Manchaiah
PURPOSE: The study was aimed at assessing the suitability of English-language Internet health information related to vocal hygiene, vocal health, and prevention of voice disorders. We also examined the relation between suitability, readability, and quality of Internet health information. METHOD: Suitability of 77 websites from Dueppen et al9 was assessed using the Suitability Assessment of Materials tool. Information about readability and quality of the websites were extracted from Dueppen et al...
July 22, 2019: Journal of Voice
Tamonud Modak
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July 18, 2019: Journal of Voice
Philip W Tipton, Dale C Ekbom, Amy L Rutt, Jay A van Gerpen
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by a cerebellar syndrome, autonomic dysfunction, and extrapyramidal signs. Extrapyramidal signs may manifest as parkinsonism as well as dystonia, which is the involuntary contraction of a muscle(s) resulting in an abnormal posture. MSA belongs to a family of diseases known as α-synucleinopathies which are associated with dream enactment reflecting REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD). In patients with MSA, dystonia or paresis may involve the laryngeal muscles resulting in vocal fold hypomobility...
July 16, 2019: Journal of Voice
Farzaneh Salehimanesh, Majid Soltani, Maryam Dastoorpoor, Negin Moradi
INTRODUCTION: Voice disorders can affect the quality of life and coping mechanisms and also coping mechanisms can affect the way in which patients deal with their voice problems. People with voice disorders need to use coping strategies to deal with the problems caused by their voice disorder. The purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties and cultural adaptation of the Voice Disability Coping Questionnaire in the Iranian population. METHODS: The translation and cross-cultural adaptation procedures were performed according to the basic rules and instructions set by the International Quality of Life Assessment Project...
July 16, 2019: Journal of Voice
Sheng Li, Ronald C Scherer, MingXi Wan, SuPin Wang, Bo Song
Acoustic differences in the phonated sounds made by men and women are related to laryngeal and vocal tract structural differences. This model-based study explored how typical vocal fold differences between males and females affect intraglottal pressure distributions under conditions of different glottal angles and transglottal pressures, and thus how they may affect phonation. The computational code ANSYS Fluent 6.3 was used to obtain the pressure distributions and other aerodynamic parameters for laminar, incompressible flow...
July 13, 2019: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Birte Meier, Ulla Beushausen
OBJECTIVES: Research findings about long-term effectiveness of voice training programs for teachers are limited. This study shows long-term evaluation results of a statewide voice training program for teachers in Lower Saxony/Germany. METHOD: Twenty-seven voice training sessions with 286 participating teachers were evaluated with different questionnaire surveys on three different occasions (prior and after seminar, follow-up 3 months later). Prior the training and 3 months after completion of the training the validated self-assessment tool Voice Profile for Professional Voice users (VPPV) was used to measure subjective impact of voice problems on the participating teachers...
July 13, 2019: Journal of Voice
Vanessa Veis Ribeiro, Anne Vertigan, Mara Behlau
OBJECTIVE: To translate and cross-culturally adapt the Newcastle Laryngeal Hypersensitivity Questionnaire (LHQ) to the Brazilian Portuguese language. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The translation and cross-cultural adaptation procedures were performed in five stages: translation, synthesis, back-translation, committee review, and pretest performance. RESULTS: At the end of the first four stages, a questionnaire was produced in Brazilian Portuguese, known as the Questionário Newcastle de Hipersensibilidade Laríngea (LHQ-Br)...
July 13, 2019: Journal of Voice
Abigail Cox, Naila Cannes do Nascimento, Andrea Pires Dos Santos, M Preeti Sivasankar
OBJECTIVE: This novel study sought to untangle the association between hydration state and the estrous cycle in the vocal folds, since the voice is reported to negatively change in speakers during the estrous cycle and with dehydration. We hypothesized that there would be alterations in vocal fold tissue morphology depending on hydration state and that these changes would vary with the estrous cycle. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, in vivo study design. METHODS: Female Sprague Dawley rats (n = 30) were used in this study...
July 13, 2019: Journal of Voice
Muhammad Imran Ramli, Nur Azah Hamzaid, Julia Patrick Engkasan
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the performance of mechanomyography (MMG) and electromyography (EMG) in monitoring the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) as accessory respiratory muscles when breathing during singing. METHODS: MMG and EMG were used to record the activity of the SCM in 32 untrained singers reciting a monotonous text and a standard folk song. Their voices were recorded and their pitch, or fundamental frequency (FF), and intensity were derived using Praat software...
July 9, 2019: Journal of Voice
Sammy Othman, Srihari Daggumati, Rohan Patel, Justin Ross, Robert T Sataloff
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the utility of comprehensive laboratory evaluation in patients with spasmodic dysphonia (SD). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. METHODS: A review of the medical records of 40 patients diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia from 2009-2018 was preformed to evaluate abnormal test results that were significant when compared with abnormal results of the general population and for any other clinically relevant pathology...
July 6, 2019: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Anna F Rumbach, Melissa Maddox, Michael Hull, Aliaa Khidr
OBJECTIVES: A preliminary investigation to explore (1) the influence of different exercise conditions on the prevalence and nature of reported sensory and auditory-perceptual voice symptoms, and (2) whether type of self-reported laryngeal behaviors used during weightlifting are related to report of laryngeal symptoms in weightlifting athletes. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective self-completion questionnaire design. METHODS: A total of 89 people (36 males, 53 females) who self-identified as individuals who regularly partook in exercise completed a self-report questionnaire administered using Qualtrics software...
July 4, 2019: Journal of Voice
Shintaro Fujimura, Tsuyoshi Kojima, Yusuke Okanoue, Hiroki Kagoshima, Atsushi Taguchi, Kazuhiko Shoji, Masato Inoue, Ryusuke Hori
OBJECTIVES: We developed a highly accessible acoustic voice analysis system (VArt) using a handheld device running Android operating system. To provide stable and reliable analysis using readily obtainable equipment under unfavorable conditions, we modified the fundamental frequency (F0) extraction algorithm and designed an intuitive user interface representing a new hoarseness index (real-time Ra: Rart), which is a derivative of harmonics-to-noise ratio developed by Kojima and Shoji (Ra2)...
June 25, 2019: Journal of Voice
Sevtap Akbulut, Fatma Esen Aydinli, Oğuz Kuşçu, Esra Özcebe, Taner Yilmaz, Clark A Rosen, Jackie Gartner-Schmidt
OBJECTIVE: To validate and assess reliability of the Turkish Reflux Symptom Index (T-RSI). STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional case-control study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A Turkish version of the original American English RSI was developed. One hundred thirty-two patients with a Reflux Finding Score (RFS) > 7, and 162 healthy controls (HC) with RFS ≤7 were included in the study. To assess reliability, the T-RSI was scored twice, within a 7-14 day window...
June 24, 2019: Journal of Voice
Vrushali Angadi, Emily Dressler, Mahesh Kudrimoti, Joseph Valentino, Rony Aouad, Thomas Gal, Joseph Stemple
BACKGROUND: Radiation therapy (XRT) for laryngeal cancers causes acute and chronic vocal dysfunction. Although these deleterious effects of XRT are well-established, there is a dearth of research with respect to effective voice rehabilitation following XRT for laryngeal cancers. OBJECTIVE: To obtain preliminary data on the efficacy of voice rehabilitation, using vocal function exercises (VFEs) in improving vocal function in adults irradiated for laryngeal cancer...
June 22, 2019: Journal of Voice
Lauren H Allison, Mary J Sandage, Aurora J Weaver
The purpose of this research was to characterize the voice physiology requirements of indoor cycling instructors as measured by vocal dose (distance the vocal folds travel and average voice intensity) and perceived phonatory effort with and without amplification. Using a within-participant repeated measures design, eight rhythm-based cycling instructors were consented and scheduled to teach two ecologically valid cycling fitness classes, one amplified and one without amplification. Objective measures included vocal dosimetry and ambient sound level...
June 21, 2019: Journal of Voice
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