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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Role of Voice Therapy in Patients with Mutational Falsetto

Raj Kumar, Alok Kumar Agrahari

Citation Information : Kumar R, Agrahari AK. Role of Voice Therapy in Patients with Mutational Falsetto. Int J Phonosurg Laryngol 2015; 5 (1):25-27.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10023-1098

Published Online: 00-06-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Background

Mutational falsetto is the most common mutational voice disorder, found in all ages. Clinicians often miss this diagnosis due to unfamiliarity with the condition. The voice of a person with mutational falsetto is high pitched, weak, thin, breathy, hoarse and monopitched.

Objective

This study was carried out to evaluate the efficacy of voice therapy in persons with mutational falsetto.

Methods

Eleven male patients with ages between 18 and 26 years (mean age 22.18 years, SD 2.52) diagnosed with mutational falsetto underwent acoustical analysis using Praat Software, perceptual analysis using grade, roughness, breathiness, asthenia and strain (GRBAS) scale and psychosocial analysis using emotional component of voice handicap index (VHI). All the components were analyzed pre- and postvoice therapy.

Results

Improvement in acoustic analysis parameters was statistically significant with p-value less than 0.0001(pretherapy mean of fundamental frequency (F0) was 217.45 with SD 8.68, whereas post-therapy mean of F0 was 127.50 with SD 5.32). Significant improvement in perceptual analysis was seen post-therapy on GRBAS scale. Improvement in psychosocial aspect was also statistically significant with p-value less than 0.0001 (pre-therapy mean 26.18, SD 1.72 post-therapy mean 7, SD 1.15).

Conclusion

Voice therapy plays an important role in lowering F0 and alleviation mental agony of the patients with mutational falsetto.

How to cite this article

Varma A, Agrahari AK, Kumar R, Kumar V. Role of Voice Therapy in Patients with Mutational Falsetto. Int J Phonosurg Laryngol 2015;5(1):25-27


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