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This study examined the acoustic and perceptual voice characteristics of patients with Parkinson's disease according to disease severity. The perceptual and acoustic voice characteristics of 30 patients with early stage PD and 30 patients with later stage PD were compared with data from 30 normal control subjects. Voice recordings consisted of prolongation(More)
We sought to ascertain whether patients with Parkinson's disease without symptoms of dysphagia have abnormalities of swallowing, and to describe the characteristics as seen on clinical examination and videofluoroscopy. Patients with stable Parkinson's disease were interviewed for symptoms of dysphagia and 16 asymptomatic patients were enrolled. Whilst on(More)
This study investigated changes in maximum phonation time and acoustic and perceptual measures of voice following topical anesthesia and laryngeal endoscopy with the flexible endoscope. Forty-four females, aged 18-33 years and with normal voices, performed four vocal tasks: (a) 3-second /i/ prolongation, (b) maximum phonation time on /i/, (c) stepwise(More)
A vocal health questionnaire was administered to three groups of professional singers and a "friendship-matched" group of nonsingers in Melbourne, Australia. The responses of 79 opera, 57 musical theatre and 31 contemporary (excluding rock) singers and 86 nonsingers were analysed. The questionnaire solicited information regarding biographical data speaking(More)
OBJECTIVES Most voice self-rating tools are disease-specific measures and are not suitable for use with healthy voice users. There is a need for a tool that is sensitive to the subtleties of a singer's voice and to perceived physical changes in the singing voice mechanism as a function of load. The aim of this study was to devise and validate a scale to(More)
BACKGROUND The human voice undergoes changes associated with normal physiological aging after the age of approximately 65 years. These voice changes indicate an overall decline in vocal function, which can have diverse vocal and psychosocial impacts for the aging individual. At present, there is limited evidence as to whether vocal exercise can alleviate(More)
Music theater singers (MTS) typically have a heavy vocal load, but the impact on their voices has not been previously evaluated. A group of 49 MTS from two professional productions were administered the Singing Voice Handicap Index (SVHI). Responses for the SVHI demonstrated that, although the SVHI supported the performers' self-report of healthy vocal(More)
OVERVIEW Working music theater singers (MTS) typically have a heavy vocal load and little is known about their perception of vocal function. The Evaluation of the Ability to Sing Easily (EASE) was used to assess professional MTS' perceptions of current singing voice status and to compare scores across demographic and performance characteristics and to(More)
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