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Folia Phoniatr Logop. 2010;62(6):303-7. doi: 10.1159/000287715. Epub 2010 Jul 29.

Objective voice parameters and self-perceived handicap in dysphonia.

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  • 1Department of Phoniatrics and Pedaudiology, Erlangen University Hospital, Erlangen, Germany. christina.hummel@googlemail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study focuses on the relation between objective voice quality and the self-perception of a voice handicap.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

The study group consisted of 86 German-speaking patients (51 women, 35 men) suffering from benign dysphonia. The test persons completed the German version of the Voice-Related Quality of Life (V-RQOL) Questionnaire without prior information about their diagnosis and underwent voice analysis with the Dysphonia Severity Index (DSI) being the parameter of this study.

RESULTS:

No correlation between V-RQOL and DSI could be found (p>0.05). On the V-RQOL, women scored worse than men, but not at a significant level. Patients with dysphonia of organic origin scored significantly worse than patients with functional dysphonia (p=0.026). On the DSI, men's values were significantly lower than women's (p=0.001). Organic dysphonia caused significantly lower DSI values than functional dysphonia (p=0.011).

CONCLUSION:

Objective voice quality and the individual perception of voice quality by the patient are independent parameters. Both need to be assessed in clinical practice.

Copyright © 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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