Research Article| Volume 33, ISSUE 5, P627-633, September 2019

Effects of Angle of Epiglottis on Aerodynamic and Acoustic Parameters in Excised Canine Larynges



      The aim of this study is to explore the effects of the angle of epiglottis (Aepi) on phonation and resonance in excised canine larynges.


      The anatomic Aepi was measured for 14 excised canine larynges as a control. Then, the Aepis were manually adjusted to 60° and 90° in each larynx. Aerodynamic and acoustic parameters, including mean flow rate, sound pressure level, jitter, shimmer, fundamental frequency (F0), and formants (F1′–F4′), were measured with a subglottal pressure of 1.5 kPa. Simple linear regression analysis between acoustic and aerodynamic parameters and the Aepi of the control was performed, and an analysis of variance comparing the acoustic and aerodynamic parameters of the three treatments was carried out.


      The results of the study are as follows: (1) the larynges with larger anatomic Aepi had significantly lower jitter, shimmer, formant 1, and formant 2; (2) phonation threshold flow was significantly different for the three treatments; and (3) mean flow rate and sound pressure level were significantly different between the 60° and the 90° treatments of the 14 larynges.


      The Aepi was proposed for the first time in this study. The Aepi plays an important role in phonation and resonance of excised canine larynges.

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