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Voice Quality

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High impact information on Voice Quality

  • Mean scores for voice tremor and voice quality did not differ for placebo or propranolol [1].
  • Deterioration of voice quality occurred in 2/12 asthmatic men and in 3/9 asthmatic women within 5 min after histamine inhalation; no change was observed between 5 and 15 min [2].
  • In both adults and children with mild-to-severe RRP, intralesional administration of cidofovir directly into the site of papillomata was associated with partial-to-complete regression of papillomata, improvement in voice quality and airway status, and decreased need for surgery [3].
  • This advantage of the GNE over NNE and CHNR, as well as its general applicability in voice quality assessment, is now tested for real speech using a large group of pathologic voices (n = 447) [4].
  • We investigated the effects of laryngeal deafferentation (sectioning the internal branch of the superior laryngeal nerve (ISLN)) on respiration and voice quality during electrically-induced vocalization in twelve ketamine anesthetized cats [5].

Associations of Voice Quality with chemical compounds

  • Analysing the irregularities of frequencies in a) free speech b) a reading passage and c) singing 'Happy Birthday', substantial changes were seen to authenticate the fact that caffeine does produce alterations in voice quality but these alterations have considerable intra-subject variability [6].
  • Administration of replacement testosterone resulted in significant vocal register and voice quality changes [7].
  • We report a case of a 47-year-old man with an above-average fundamental frequency and a thin voice quality in the absence of any signs of androgen insufficiency [8].
  • Use of levodopa to replenish dopamine concentrations in the striatum seems to improve articulation, voice quality, and pitch variation, although some studies show no change in phonatory parameters [9].

Gene context of Voice Quality

  • The THY group had significantly better voice quality and better quantitative aerodynamic findings compared to the TEF group [10].
  • Voice quality after carbon dioxide laser and conventional surgery for T1A glottic carcinoma [11].
  • The subjects had a DSI score that corresponds with a normal or slightly impaired voice quality [12].
  • CONCLUSION: Large mucosal defects including the anterior commissure should be relined to acquire good voice quality [13].
  • A Kay Elemetrics DSP Sona-Graph, model 5500, was used to analyze a complex vocal figure of five consecutive voice qualities, three of which were nasal, and two, oral [14].


  1. Essential voice tremor: treatment with propranolol. Koller, W., Graner, D., Mlcoch, A. Neurology (1985) [Pubmed]
  2. Voice reactions to histamine inhalation in asthma. Leinonen, L., Poppius, H. Allergy (1997) [Pubmed]
  3. Cidofovir for the treatment of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis: a review of the literature. Shehab, N., Sweet, B.V., Hogikyan, N.D. Pharmacotherapy (2005) [Pubmed]
  4. Selection and combination of acoustic features for the description of pathologic voices. Michaelis, D., Fröhlich, M., Strube, H.W. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. (1998) [Pubmed]
  5. Functional roles of the superior laryngeal nerve afferents in electrically induced vocalization in anesthetized cats. Shiba, K., Yoshida, K., Miura, T. Neurosci. Res. (1995) [Pubmed]
  6. Effect of caffeine on the vocal folds: a pilot study. Akhtar, S., Wood, G., Rubin, J.S., O'Flynn, P.E., Ratcliffe, P. The Journal of laryngology and otology. (1999) [Pubmed]
  7. Effects of testosterone replacement on a male professional singer. King, A., Ashby, J., Nelson, C. Journal of voice : official journal of the Voice Foundation. (2001) [Pubmed]
  8. Botulinum toxin in the treatment of recalcitrant mutational dysphonia. Woodson, G.E., Murry, T. Journal of voice : official journal of the Voice Foundation. (1994) [Pubmed]
  9. Treatments for dysarthria in Parkinson's disease. Pinto, S., Ozsancak, C., Tripoliti, E., Thobois, S., Limousin-Dowsey, P., Auzou, P. Lancet neurology. (2004) [Pubmed]
  10. Quantitative measures of laryngeal function following Teflon injection or thyroplasty type I. D'Antonio, L.L., Wigley, T.L., Zimmerman, G.J. Laryngoscope (1995) [Pubmed]
  11. Voice quality after carbon dioxide laser and conventional surgery for T1A glottic carcinoma. Schindler, A., Palonta, F., Preti, G., Ottaviani, F., Schindler, O., Cavalot, A.L. Journal of voice : official journal of the Voice Foundation. (2004) [Pubmed]
  12. Outcome of treatment regarding articulation, resonance and voice in Flemish adults with unilateral and bilateral cleft palate. Van Lierde, K.M., De Bodt, M., Baetens, I., Schrauwen, V., Van Cauwenberge, P. Folia phoniatrica et logopaedica : official organ of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP). (2003) [Pubmed]
  13. Reconstruction of the anterior commissure with a free mucosal flap. Kojima, H., Omori, K., Shoji, K., Kanaji, M. American journal of otolaryngology. (1993) [Pubmed]
  14. Role of the soft palate in laryngeal functions and selected voice qualities. Simultaneous velolaryngeal videoendoscopy. Yanagisawa, E., Kmucha, S.T., Estill, J. The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology. (1990) [Pubmed]
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