Why the weird mouth postures? Well, semi occluded vocal tract modifications actually occlude the vocal tract partially and keep the cords slightly separated due to the build up of positive intraoral pressure. Parallel vocal cords lessen the physical effort and improve vocal economy.
Four different types of masks were tested: 1) no mask 2) disposable surgical mask (with the 3 layers) 3) a FFP2 respirator and 4) a clear plastic mask with a cloth frame. Each was tested to see how they compared to the other to see how they impair (or if they impair) sounds of spoken speech. They looked at multiple different output measures, including the AVQI.
It’s not often enough that those of us who are voice users or those of us who rehabilitate voice, get to see what our mechanism looks like. Rarer still, is the chance for an SLP to observe in the operating room for a procedure that many clients undergo.
<img src=”https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/5429c0dfe4b041fc9d87d529/1590465907413-OESD6WVSWRM7YME2QTYL/BirdBeeVCD.png” alt=”BirdBeeVCD.png” /> Misdiagnosed Breathing problems can accompany a multitude of conditions including asthma, laryngeal malformations, coughing, narrowing of the windpipe, stress, anxiety, intense
If you have been thrust unknowingly into the COVID-19 world of virtual voice therapy sessions, you are not alone.
I have been transitioning and pivoting my in-person clinic to seeing each and every client on an online tele therapy platform. Our patients can use doxy.me to sign into their sessions, and this has been working well so far.
Fancy Schmancy It’s important for practicing clinicians treating voice problems to have a good understanding of how efficiently our patients are using air to vibrate