Biomechanical effects of hydration in vocal fold tissues.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE It has often been hypothesized, with little empirical support, that vocal fold hydration affects voice production by mediating changes in vocal fold tissue rheology. To test this hypothesis, we attempted in this study to quantify the effects of hydration on the viscoelastic shear properties of vocal fold tissues in vitro. STUDY DESIGN Osmotic… (More)

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