Documentation of progress in voice therapy: perceptual, acoustic, and laryngostroboscopic findings pretherapy and posttherapy

  • R. Speyer
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    Address correspondence and reprint requests to R. Speyer, Institute of Phoniatrics, University Medical Center Utrecht, F02.504, PO Box 85500, 3508GA Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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    From Audiolog /ENT Department, University Hospital, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Institute of Phoniatrics, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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  • G.H. Wieneke
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    From Audiolog /ENT Department, University Hospital, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Institute of Phoniatrics, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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  • P.H. Dejonckere
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    From Audiolog /ENT Department, University Hospital, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Institute of Phoniatrics, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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      Abstract

      The effect of voice therapy in a group of chronically dysphonic patients with diverse diagnoses was studied according to the normal clinical procedure. The results were evaluated by perceptual rating, acoustic analysis, and the assessment of laryngostroboscopic recordings. Although the group effects for the differences between posttherapy and pretherapy data were clearly significant, the effects of voice therapy for the individual patients were divergent. For each of the three evaluation methods, a significant improvement was found for about 40% to 50% of the patients. The diversity of the therapy outcome among the patients could not be explained by the pretherapy status nor by age, gender, or diagnosis groups. In general, the perceptual ratings and the acoustic parameters from the baseline data were clearly correlated. However, these characterizations of the voice were only moderately correlated with the visual evaluation of the vocal fold vibrations. Relations among the three evaluation tools for the changes caused by voice therapy were very weak. The low correlation among the three methods suggests that a multidimensional evaluation of the voice is necessary to give a complete picture of the therapy outcome.

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