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Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2012 Apr;269(4):1205-12. doi: 10.1007/s00405-011-1900-8. Epub 2012 Jan 5.

Voicing quantification is more relevant than period perturbation in substitution voices: an advanced acoustical study.

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ORL/Phoniatrics, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht University, AZU F.02.504, PO Box 85500, 3508GA, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Ph.dejonckere@umcutrecht.nl

Abstract

Quality of substitution voicing-i.e., phonation with a voice that is not generated by the vibration of two vocal folds-cannot be adequately evaluated with routinely used software for acoustic voice analysis that is aimed at 'common' dysphonias and nearly periodic voice signals. The AMPEX analysis program (Van Immerseel and Martens) has been shown previously to be able to detect periodicity in irregular signals with background noise, and to be suited for running speech. The validity of this analysis program is first tested using realistic synthesized voice signals with known levels of cycle-to-cycle perturbations and additive noise. Second, exhaustive acoustic analysis is performed of the voices of 116 patients surgically treated for advanced laryngeal cancer and recorded in seven European academic centers. All of them read out a short phonetically balanced passage. Patients were divided into six groups according to the oscillating structures they used to phonate. Results show that features related to quantification of voicing enable a distinction between the different groups, while the features reporting F(0)-instability fail to do so. Acoustic evaluation of voice quality in substitution voices thus best relies upon voicing quantification.

PMID:
22218847
PMCID:
PMC3311984
DOI:
10.1007/s00405-011-1900-8
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