Paul M Evitts

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Previous studies have routinely shown that individuals with a laryngectomy (IWL) have a decreased quality of life (QoL). However, the questionnaires frequently used are not specifically designed for persons with laryngeal cancer and may not reflect the issues of most concern to IWL. The purpose of this study was to investigate (1) the overall communication(More)
BACKGROUND The Self-Evaluation of Communication Experiences after Laryngeal Cancer (SECEL) questionnaire assesses the impact of total laryngectomy on communication-related quality of life (QOL). This study evaluates the Italian version of the SECEL (I-SECEL), including reliability, concurrent validity, and differences in scores between patients who undergo(More)
BACKGROUND There is minimal research on the contribution of visual information on speech intelligibility for individuals with a laryngectomy (IWL). AIMS The purpose of this project was to determine the effects of mode of presentation (audio-only, audio-visual) on alaryngeal speech intelligibility. METHOD Twenty-three naïve listeners were randomly(More)
There is minimal research on listener perceptions of an individual with a laryngectomy (IWL) based on audio-visual information. The aim of this research was to provide preliminary insight into whether listeners have different perceptions of an individual with a laryngectomy based on mode of presentation (audio-only vs. audio-visual) and mode of speech(More)
Persons with aphasia (PWA) have language difficulties and their Quality of Life (QoL) has most likely been affected. Because of their loss of language abilities, it is difficult to use PWA in QoL studies. This can lead to the use of proxy responses (a person who answers for the PWA). The aim of this study was to compare the rankings from QoL questionnaires(More)
PURPOSE The overall goal of this study was to provide insight on the topic of dysphagia in the obese population. More specifically, the purpose of this study was to obtain preliminary descriptive data on the knowledge and impressions of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working in the field of dysphagia on the swallow of persons who are obese. METHODS(More)
PURPOSE Currently, there is a lack of evidence-based guidelines on the proper protocol for feeding infants with a tracheostomy in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The purpose of this study was to provide preliminary insight into the outcomes of these infants in one mid-Atlantic pediatric hospital. DESIGN AND METHODS Retrospective and descriptive.(More)
BACKGROUND There is a large body of research demonstrating the impact of visual information on speaker intelligibility in both normal and disordered speaker populations. However, there is minimal information on which specific visual features listeners find salient during conversational discourse. AIMS To investigate listeners' eye-gaze behaviour during(More)
Purpose There is currently minimal information on the impact of dysphonia secondary to phonotrauma on listeners. Considering the high incidence of voice disorders with professional voice users, it is important to understand the impact of a dysphonic voice on their audiences. Methods Ninety-one healthy listeners (39 men, 52 women; mean age = 23.62 years)(More)
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