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.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Communication Disorders
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Thomas, Karen Hart, "The impact of vocal function exercises on normal voice production" (2007). Theses and Dissertations. 1012.
vocal function exercises, vocal efficiency, normal voice production