Age and Laryngeal Airway Resistance During Vowel Production in Women An investigation was conducted to determine if laryngeal valving economy, as reflected in measures of laryngeal airway resistance during vowel production, differs with age in women. Seventy healthy women were studied, 10 each at age 25, 35, 45, 55, 65, 75, and 85 years. Results indicated that laryngeal airway resistance ... Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1992
Age and Laryngeal Airway Resistance During Vowel Production in Women
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jeannette D. Hoit
    National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders Tucson, AZ
  • Thomas J. Hixon
    National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders Tucson, AZ
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Speech, Voice & Prosody / Speech / Research Articles
Research Article   |   April 01, 1992
Age and Laryngeal Airway Resistance During Vowel Production in Women
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, April 1992, Vol. 35, 309-313. doi:10.1044/jshr.3502.309
History: Received December 3, 1990 , Accepted June 13, 1991
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, April 1992, Vol. 35, 309-313. doi:10.1044/jshr.3502.309
History: Received December 3, 1990; Accepted June 13, 1991

An investigation was conducted to determine if laryngeal valving economy, as reflected in measures of laryngeal airway resistance during vowel production, differs with age in women. Seventy healthy women were studied, 10 each at age 25, 35, 45, 55, 65, 75, and 85 years. Results indicated that laryngeal airway resistance did not differ significantly with age, although it was noted that the 45-year-old women generally had lower laryngeal airway resistance values. This pattern of function differs from that observed in men (Melcon, Hoit, & Hixon, 1989). Discussion of findings includes consideration of factors that might influence laryngeal function during speech production in women. Clinical implications are offered.

Acknowledgments
This research was supported by Clinical Investigator Development Award DC-00030, Research Grant DC-00281, and National Research and Training Center Grant DC-01409 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Peter J. Watson, Patricia McMahon, Kimberly E. Hixon, and Jennifer A. Casteix.
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