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A new technique for evaluating hypernasality using an acoustic approach is presented. In a preliminary study using this technique, nasal resonance was assessed in 17 normal subjects and 16 subjects judged to be hypernasal. Analyses of the one-third-octave power spectra revealed an increase in power level between the first and second formant, and a reduction(More)
To prove the hypothesis that speech after glossectomy would be improved more by increasing the mobility of the remaining tongue rather than by increasing its volume, the speech intelligibility of 4 glossectomy patients was investigated before and after a secondary operation in which a split skin graft was used to mobilize the residual tongue. In each case,(More)
This study established a method of detecting temporomandibular joint sounds based on signal-to-noise ratios. After comparing the temporomandibular joint signals obtained from three different sites over the skin, the articular eminence was found to be the best site for detecting temporomandibular joint sounds; this site provided the highest mean amplitude in(More)
Linguapalatal contact patterns and the time course of changes in contacts during utterances of/asa, ata, a sa, aca/ were measured using electropalatography (EPG). The relations between these data and perceptual scores in 17 glossectomized patients after various surgical methods were examined. The linguapalatal contact patterns produced during perceptually(More)
Cervical auscultation is being used more frequently in the clinical assessment of dysphagic patients. The present study was designed to assess symmetry and the reproducibility of swallowing sounds detected simultaneously from bilateral cervical sites. Symmetry of the swallowing sounds acquired using our method was verified because no significant differences(More)
The role of visual feedback in the treatment of defective /s/ sounds in patients with cleft palate is described. Six patients with cleft palate who were similar in age, velopharyngeal function, and type of misarticulation were selected for this study. Treatment was provided using either visual feedback or no visual feedback. Visual feedback for tongue(More)
The dynamic palatograph is an electrical apparatus that generates a visual display of constantly changing palatolingual contact as a function of time, using an artificial palatal plate with affixed electrodes. This paper describes a technique of speech therapy incorporating dynamic palatography for a cleft palate patient. The patient, a 6-year-old Japanese(More)
Lingual-palatal contact patterns and auditorily judged misarticulations, classed as palatalized misarticulation (PM), lateral misarticulation (LM), nasopharyngeal misarticulation (NM), and other distortions were compared in 53 Japanese cleft palate patients. Velopharyngeal function of these patients was considered within normal limits. Contact patterns were(More)
This paper reports on some preliminary aspects of a collaborative cross-linguistic study of normal and disordered Japanese and British English speech. The investigation compares lateralised productions of parallel s which are abnormal in the two languages. EPG and acoustic recordings were made of four Japanese and four British subjects. The EPG patterns(More)