A Pilot Study Assessing the Therapeutic Potential of a Vibratory Positive Expiratory Pressure Device (Acapella Choice) in the Treatment of Voice Disorders

Saccente-Kennedy, Brian, Andrade, Pedro Amarante and Epstein, Ruth (2018) A Pilot Study Assessing the Therapeutic Potential of a Vibratory Positive Expiratory Pressure Device (Acapella Choice) in the Treatment of Voice Disorders. Journal of Voice. pp. 1-10. ISSN 08921997

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Abstract

Introduction Semioccluded vocal tract exercises (SOVTEs) can involve a single source of vibration (eg, vocal folds in the straw exercise) or a dual source of vibration (eg, vocal folds and water bubbling in tube phonation) in the vocal tract. Oftentimes, this secondary source of vibration causes large oscillations in intraoral pressure and has been likened to a "massage effect." This study assesses the implementation of a positive expiratory pressure device (Acapella Choice) as a possible alternative SOVTE, which presents a secondary source of vibration without the need of a water container. Methods Twenty-two normophonic participants underwent acoustic, electroglottographic, and aerodynamic assessment before, during, and after phonation with two different established SOTVEs (silicone tube in water and straw in air) in addition to Acapella Choice. Results Acapella Choice produced the largest peak-to-peak amplitudes of intraoral pressure oscillation. Straw in air produced the largest static intraoral pressure. Straw in air and Acapella Choice presented significantly larger ranges of static pressures than tube in water phonation. Post-exercise condition showed a statistically larger sound pressure level for Acapella Choice. Conclusions Positive expiratory pressure devices, such as Acapella Choice, may be a promising alternative to established SOVTEs as it promotes large oscillatory pressures in the vocal tract without the need for a water container. This exercise also produces larger sound pressure level with no significant changes in glottic contact quotient, indicating improved vocal economy.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Semioccluded vocal tract exercise, Positive expiratory pressure, Tube phonation, Straw, Acapella, Voice therapy
Divisions: Health Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Kerry Kellaway
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2019 09:30
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2020 13:43
URI: http://marjon.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17324
Related URLs: https://www.sci ... 89219971830290X (Publisher URL)

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