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Simultaneous aerodynamic, acoustic, and kinematic measurements from the laryngeal and respiratory systems were made in order to study mechanisms for changing vocal intensity. Aerodynamic and acoustic measures include an approximation of open quotient, maximum flow declination rate, alternating glottal airflow, estimated tracheal pressure, sound pressure(More)
The development of the speech production system was investigated using a cross-sectional design that included children aged 4-14 years and adults. Given that the size and internal structure of the laryngeal and respiratory systems differ between children and adults, it was predicted that children would show functional distinctions from adults during speech.(More)
PURPOSE This study investigated the concurrent biomechanical and electromyographic properties of 2 swallow-specific tasks (effortful swallow and Mendelsohn maneuver) and 1 swallow-nonspecific (expiratory muscle strength training [EMST]) swallow therapy task in order to examine the differential effects of each on hyoid motion and associated submental(More)
Vocal training (VT) has, in part, been associated with the distinctions in the physiological, acoustic, and perceptual parameters found in singers' voices versus the voices of nonsingers. This study provides information on the changes in the singing voice as a function of VT over time. Fourteen college voice majors (12 females and 2 males; age range, 17-20(More)
The purpose of this study was to: (1) define perceptual speech characteristics of idiopathic Parkinson disease (IPD) across 35 speech dimensions adapted from Darley et al. [19] and grouped under six speech-sign clusters (respiration, phonation, resonance, articulation, prosody and rate); (2) examine the effects of levodopa on the 35 perceptual speech(More)
PURPOSE To review the principles of neural plasticity and make recommendations for research on the neural bases for rehabilitation of neurogenic speech disorders. METHOD A working group in speech motor control and disorders developed this report, which examines the potential relevance of basic research on the brain mechanisms involved in neural plasticity(More)
Noninvasive measures of vocal fold activity are useful for describing normal and disordered voice production. Measures of open and speed quotient from glottal airflow and electroglottographic (EGG) waveforms have been used to describe timing events associated with vocal fold vibration. To date, there has been little consistency in the measurement criteria(More)
Speech of patients with abductor spasmodic dysphonia (ABSD) was analyzed using acoustic analyses to determine: (1) which acoustic measures differed from controls and were independent factors representing patients' voice control difficulties, and (2) whether acoustic measures related to blinded perceptual counts of the symptom frequency in the same patients.(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW To provide an overview of respiratory muscle strength training applications for voice and speech disorders. RECENT FINDINGS Little examination of respiratory muscle training for the rehabilitation of voice and speech has occurred. Less than a handful of studies discuss use of strengthening techniques for the voice-disordered population(More)