Abstract

This study attempted to replicate and expand previously published research in order to increase our understanding of how Vocal Function Exercises (VFE) might improve vocal function in normal voices. Measures were made to reflect potential post-treatment changes in acoustic and aerodynamic variables, including a measure of vocal efficiency. The participants of the study included 35 adults with normal voices. Each completed a series of speech tasks (sustained vowels, maximum phonation time, reading of a standardized passage, and repetition of syllable strings) before and after a four-week treatment period. Testing of pre- and post-treatment data revealed no clear improvement in acoustic and aerodynamic measures of the voice. There were also no significant improvements in vocal efficiency following the VFE. These findings suggest the need for further research to better understand the value of VFE in improving vocal function.

Degree

MS

College and Department

David O. McKay School of Education; Communication Disorders

Rights

http://lib.byu.edu/about/copyright/

Date Submitted

2007-07-11

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd1944

Keywords

vocal function exercises, vocal efficiency, normal voice production

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