The role of experience on judgments of dysphonia

Tanya L Eadie, Mara Kapsner, Juli Rosenzweig, Patricia Waugh, Allen Hillel, Albert Merati
Journal of Voice 2010, 24 (5): 564-73

OBJECTIVES: The objectives of the study were (1) to determine differences in judgments of overall severity (OS) and vocal effort (VE) of dysphonic speech when judgments were made by experienced and inexperienced listeners, and when self-rated by individuals with dysphonia; and (2) to determine relationships between auditory-perceptual judgments of voice and voice handicap.

STUDY DESIGN: Prospective and exploratory.

METHODS: Twenty speakers with dysphonia and four normal controls provided speech recordings. Participants judged their own speech samples for OS and VE and completed the Voice Handicap Index (VHI). Twenty-four inexperienced and 10 experienced listeners evaluated the same speech samples for OS and VE using 100-mm visual analog scales.

RESULTS: No differences were found for judgments of OS and VE across the groups. However, relationships between judgments made by experienced and inexperienced listeners were strong, whereas those between individuals with dysphonia and other listeners were weak to moderate. All listeners' judgments of voice were moderate predictors of VHI scores, with patient-perceived VE and clinician-rated OS being relatively strongest.

CONCLUSIONS: Although there is no systematic effect of listener experience on judgments of dysphonia, individuals with dysphonia appear to self-rate their voices using different perceptual strategies than other listeners. Auditory-perceptual measures are only moderately related to voice handicap scores, indicating that they are complementary measures of voice.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"