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[Social consequence of a dysphonic voice, design and validation of a questionnaire and first results].

Authors
  • Revis, J
  • Robieux, C
  • Ghio, A
  • Giovanni, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Revue de laryngologie - otologie - rhinologie
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2013
Volume
134
Issue
1
Pages
35–41
Identifiers
PMID: 24494330
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In our society, based on communication, dysphonia becomes a handicap that could be responsible of work discrimination. Actually, several commercial services are provided by phone only, and voice quality is mandatory for the employees. This work aim was to determine the social picture relayed by dysphonia. Our hypothesis was that dysphonia sounds pejorative compared to normal voice. 40 voice samples (30 dysphonic and 10 normal) were presented randomly to a perceptual jury of 20 naïve listener. The task was for each of them to fill a questionnaire, designed specifically to describe the speaker's look and personality. 20 items were evaluated, divided into 4 categories: health, temperament, appearance, and way of life. The results showed significant differences between normal subjects and dysphonic patients. For instance, the pathological voices were depicted as more tired, introverted, sloppy than normal voices, and less trustable. No significant differences were found according to the severity of voice disorders. This work is presently continued. It allowed to validate our questionnaire and has offers great perspectives on patient's management and voice therapy.

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