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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1990 Jan;99(1):18-28.

Role of the soft palate in laryngeal functions and selected voice qualities. Simultaneous velolaryngeal videoendoscopy.

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Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.

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  • Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 1990 Jun;99(6 Pt 1):431.


The role of the soft palate in normal laryngeal functions and in the production of selected voice qualities was studied by a simultaneous velolaryngeal videoendoscopy technique. For this technique, the Olympus ENF-P flexible nasopharyngolaryngoscope was passed via one nostril to study the function of the larynx, while the Hopkins 70 degrees rhinoscopic telescope was passed via the other nostril to study the function of the soft palate and velopharyngeal closure. A Kay Elemetrics DSP Sona-Graph, model 5500, was used to analyze a complex vocal figure of five consecutive voice qualities, three of which were nasal, and two, oral. Simultaneous velolaryngeal videoendoscopy proved to be of great value for the understanding of the interaction of velar and laryngeal functions and for clarifying the mechanisms of nasal and twang qualities.

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