Multicultural Issues in the Treatment of Voice Disorders Voice is your acoustic identification (Aronson, 1991). It is usually clearly identified in situations such as talking on the telephone and listening to others on the radio. Therefore, because of the distinctive acoustic identification of one’s voice, a disorder in voice is easily and quickly identified. The acoustic identification ... Article
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Multicultural Issues in the Treatment of Voice Disorders
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  • Mari M. Hayashi
    CJW Medical Center, Richmond, VA
  • Yolanda G. Fields
    CJW Medical Center, Richmond, VA
  • © 2001 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Multicultural Issues in the Treatment of Voice Disorders
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, July 2001, Vol. 7, 1-3. doi:10.1044/cds7.2.1
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, July 2001, Vol. 7, 1-3. doi:10.1044/cds7.2.1
Voice is your acoustic identification (Aronson, 1991). It is usually clearly identified in situations such as talking on the telephone and listening to others on the radio. Therefore, because of the distinctive acoustic identification of one’s voice, a disorder in voice is easily and quickly identified. The acoustic identification differs from the voices of others of similar age, sex, and cultural groups. Voice quality change can occur with medical problems such as laryngitis, pharyngitis, allergies, sinus congestion, reflux of gastric acid into the larynx, shortness of breath due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, CVA or other neurological abnormalities, mechanical interventions (i.e., prolonged ventilator support), or various types of oral and laryngeal cancer. Voice quality change can occur after yelling at a ball game, cheering, or by excessive talking. Voice quality even changes, as you become older. Voice problems are not always visible abnormalities in the larynx.
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