Age and Speech Breathing Thirty healthy men representing three widely different age groups (25, 50, and 75 years) were studied with respect to general respiratory function and speech breathing. Subdivisions of the lung volume were found to differ with age and most markedly so for measures of vital capacity and residual volume. Speech breathing ... Research Article
Research Article  |   September 01, 1987
Age and Speech Breathing
 
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  • Jeannette D. Hoit
    University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Thomas J. Hixon
    University of Arizona, Tucson
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Research Article   |   September 01, 1987
Age and Speech Breathing
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1987, Vol. 30, 351-366. doi:10.1044/jshr.3003.351
History: Received November 14, 1986 , Accepted February 16, 1987
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1987, Vol. 30, 351-366. doi:10.1044/jshr.3003.351
History: Received November 14, 1986; Accepted February 16, 1987

Thirty healthy men representing three widely different age groups (25, 50, and 75 years) were studied with respect to general respiratory function and speech breathing. Subdivisions of the lung volume were found to differ with age and most markedly so for measures of vital capacity and residual volume. Speech breathing also was found to differ with age and was characterized by differences in lung volume excursion, rib cage volume initiation, number of syllables per breath group; and lung volume expended per syllable: Age-related differences in general respiratory function and speech breathing are discussed in relation to possible underlying mechanisms. In addition, implications are drawn regarding the evaluation and management of individuals with speech breathing disorders.

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