Fundamental Frequency-Sound Pressure Level Profiles of Adult Male and Female Voices Fundamental frequency-sound pressure level (fo-SPL) profiles were determined for 12 female and 10 male subjects. Profiles were obtained by having each subject produce the maximum and minimum sound pressure level of which he was capable, at 10% intervals of his fo range. Comparison of male and female profiles showed similar ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1977
Fundamental Frequency-Sound Pressure Level Profiles of Adult Male and Female Voices
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Robert F. Coleman
    Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Janet Henn Mabis
    Bill Wilkerson Hearing and Speech Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Joanne Kidd Hinson
    Easter Seal Treatment Center, Rockville, Maryland
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   June 01, 1977
Fundamental Frequency-Sound Pressure Level Profiles of Adult Male and Female Voices
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1977, Vol. 20, 197-204. doi:10.1044/jshr.2002.197
History: Received August 4, 1975 , Accepted August 25, 1976
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1977, Vol. 20, 197-204. doi:10.1044/jshr.2002.197
History: Received August 4, 1975; Accepted August 25, 1976

Fundamental frequency-sound pressure level (fo-SPL) profiles were determined for 12 female and 10 male subjects. Profiles were obtained by having each subject produce the maximum and minimum sound pressure level of which he was capable, at 10% intervals of his fo range. Comparison of male and female profiles showed similar values for frequency range in semitones, maximum and minimum SPL output, and total SPL range. A minimum SPL of 50 dB was necessary to produce a steady-state frequency for all subjects, and the maximum level for an acceptable fo was 126 dB SPL. The fo-SPL profiles obtained with the amateur subjects used in this study had a somewhat wider dynamic range than those obtained in earlier studies which utilized trained singers producing musically acceptable tones.

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