The Relationship Between Perception of Vocal Effort and Relative Fundamental Frequency During Voicing Offset and Onset PurposeIn this study, the authors aimed to determine the relationship between relative fundamental frequency (RFF) and listener perception of vocal effort in individuals with varying degrees of vocal hyperfunction.MethodThirty women diagnosed with voice disorders commonly associated with vocal hyperfunction and 10 healthy women provided speech samples that were used to ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2012
The Relationship Between Perception of Vocal Effort and Relative Fundamental Frequency During Voicing Offset and Onset
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Devon E. Sawin
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Tanya L. Eadie
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Correspondence to Cara E. Stepp: cstepp@bu.edu
  • Editor: Anne Smith
    Editor: Anne Smith×
  • Associate Editor: Shaheen Awan
    Associate Editor: Shaheen Awan×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Speech
Article   |   December 01, 2012
The Relationship Between Perception of Vocal Effort and Relative Fundamental Frequency During Voicing Offset and Onset
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 2012, Vol. 55, 1887-1896. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2012/11-0294)
History: Received October 30, 2011 , Revised March 24, 2012 , Accepted April 30, 2012
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 2012, Vol. 55, 1887-1896. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2012/11-0294)
History: Received October 30, 2011; Revised March 24, 2012; Accepted April 30, 2012
Web of Science® Times Cited: 11

PurposeIn this study, the authors aimed to determine the relationship between relative fundamental frequency (RFF) and listener perception of vocal effort in individuals with varying degrees of vocal hyperfunction.

MethodThirty women diagnosed with voice disorders commonly associated with vocal hyperfunction and 10 healthy women provided speech samples that were used to obtain parameters of RFF. Twelve listeners judged the speech samples for overall severity and vocal effort (VE) using rating scales.

ResultsSignificant but relatively weak negative correlations were found between perceptual measures and offset RFF parameters. Although offset RFF was increased in healthy participants relative to speakers with voice disorders, no differences were seen in RFF as a function of severity of VE in individuals with voice disorders.

ConclusionsAlthough a statistically significant correlation between offset RFF and VE was found, examination of data as a function of both VE and health status indicated that RFF more accurately classifies the presence of a voice disorder than does severity of voice quality or VE. There is a need for further research to investigate the clinical utility of RFF measures for assessment of rehabilitation progress.

Acknowledgments
We acknowledge funding support from the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. We thank Gabrielle Hands of Boston University’s Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Laboratory for acoustic analysis for interrater reliability of RFF and Jody Norwood for her help in the perceptual protocol in the Vocal Function Laboratory at the University of Washington.
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