Journal article

How Does Our Voice Change as We Age? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Acoustic and Perceptual Voice Data From Healthy Adults Over 50 Years of Age.

Sandra Rojas, Elaina Kefalianos, Adam Vogel

Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR | American Speech-Language-Hearing Association | Published : 2020

Abstract

Purpose Approximately 30% of adults over the age of 50 years present with altered vocal function. Our understanding of how these changes manifest acoustically and perceptually is derived from relatively modest-sized studies using a diversity of tools. Voice changes can arise from the onset of disease or disorder, but also age-related physiological changes, which may not reflect pathology as such. Here, we bring together data on acoustic, perceptual, and instrumental assessments (electroglottography), with the aim of gaining a better understanding of the changes occurring across these measurement domains. We consider these changes in the context of different acoustic features, software progra..

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Grants

Awarded by Australia Dementia Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

Adam Vogel is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia Dementia Fellowship (Grant 1135683) and institutional support from The University of Melbourne, Australia. The other authors received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. Thank you to Chiara Mezzedimi, Marta Di Francesco, Walter Livi, Maria Carla Spinosi, and Claudio De Felice; Natalie Schaeffer, Melisa Knudsen, and Ashley Small; Huiwen Goy, David Fernandes, M. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller, and Pascal van Lieshout; Irma Verdonck-de Leeuw and Hans Mahieu; Marieke Hakkesteegt, Michael Brocaar, Marjan Wieringa, Louw Feenstra, and Helene Mautner, who provided their research data to complete this meta-analysis and enhance the reach and accuracy of this review.