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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351354/the-effects-of-intensive-speech-treatment-on-conversational-intelligibility-in-spanish-speakers-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Gemma Moya-Galé, Alireza Goudarzi, Àngels Bayés, Megan McAuliffe, Bram Bulté, Erika S Levy
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of intensive speech treatment on the conversational intelligibility of Castilian Spanish speakers with Parkinson's disease (PD), as well as on the speakers' self-perceptions of disability. Method: Fifteen speakers with a medical diagnosis of PD participated in this study. Speech recordings were completed twice before treatment, immediately posttreatment, and at a 1-month follow-up session. Conversational intelligibility was assessed in 2 ways-transcription accuracy scores and intelligibility ratings on a 9-point Likert scale...
January 19, 2018: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346796/background-factors-and-subjective-voice-symptoms-in-patients-with-acquired-vocal-fold-scarring-and-sulcus-vocalis
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Emma Malmström, Stellan Hertegård
OBJECTIVE: Vocal fold scarring (VFS) and sulcus vocalis (SV) often result in severe and chronic voice disorders. This study compares subjective voice complaints as rated with the Voice Handicap Index and etiological factors for patients with VFS and SV. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data were collected from the medical records at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Karolinska University Hospital, for 27 VFS patients and 27 SV patients. Descriptive background factors were compared between the groups and data were compared from the Swedish Voice Handicap Index (Sw-VHI) questionnaires...
January 18, 2018: Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346486/treatment-outcomes-and-adverse-events-following-in-office-angiolytic-laser-with-or-without-concurrent-polypectomy-for-vocal-fold-polyps
#3
Yu-Hsuan Lin, Chi-Te Wang, Feng-Chuan Lin, Li-Jen Liao, Wu-Chia Lo, Po-Wen Cheng
Importance: In-office angiolytic laser procedures have been used successfully as an alternative treatment for vocal fold polyps; little is known in detail about the treatment outcomes and adverse events. Objective: To examine the outcomes and incidence rates of adverse events associated with in-office angiolytic laser procedures with or without concurrent polypectomy as an alternative treatment for vocal fold polyps. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective cohort study at a tertiary medical center...
January 18, 2018: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344405/lee-silverman-voice-treatment-versus-standard-speech-and-language-therapy-versus-control-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial-pd-comm-pilot
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Catherine M Sackley, Christina H Smith, Caroline E Rick, Marian C Brady, Natalie Ives, Smitaa Patel, Rebecca Woolley, Francis Dowling, Ramilla Patel, Helen Roberts, Sue Jowett, Keith Wheatley, Debbie Kelly, Gina Sands, Carl E Clarke
Background: Speech-related problems are common in Parkinson's disease (PD), but there is little evidence for the effectiveness of standard speech and language therapy (SLT) or Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD®). Methods: The PD COMM pilot was a three-arm, assessor-blinded, randomised controlled trial (RCT) of LSVT LOUD®, SLT and no intervention (1:1:1 ratio) to assess the feasibility and to inform the design of a full-scale RCT. Non-demented patients with idiopathic PD and speech problems and no SLT for speech problems in the past 2 years were eligible...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342483/-fitness-to-drive-after-stroke
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Peter Marx
In Germany, patient information and expert testimony on driving ability requires knowledge of the corresponding legislation and the Guideline for expertises on driver aptitude. The testimony should clearly identify handicaps with regard to driving, give estimates on the future risks of a sudden loss of control, and also consider personal attitudes such as inadequate behavior, lack of insight etc. Physical handicaps often can be compensated for by restrains or restrictions such as vehicle modifications, daylight driving only etc...
January 2018: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338292/temporalis-fascia-transplantation-for-sulcus-vocalis-and-vocal-fold-scar-long-term-outcomes
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William E Karle, Samuel N Helman, Amy Cooper, Yuan Zhang, Michael J Pitman
OBJECTIVE: Sulcus vocalis and vocal fold scar involve derangement of the superficial lamina propria of the vocal fold, which results in significant dysphonia. Many options exist for treatment, most of which have unsatisfactory and unpredictable outcomes. Autologous transplantation of temporalis fascia into the vocal fold (ATFV) has the potential to be a better treatment option, but long-term outcomes have not been well studied. METHODS: Retrospective chart review and patient survey...
January 1, 2018: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338130/correlation-between-morphological-characteristics-in-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography-different-functional-tests-and-a-patient-s-subjective-handicap-in-acute-central-serous-chorioretinopathy
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Bianca S Gerendas, Julia-Sophie Kroisamer, Wolf Buehl, Sandra M Rezar-Dreindl, Katharina M Eibenberger, Eleonore Pablik, Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth, Stefan Sacu
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify quantitatively measurable morphologic optical coherence tomography (OCT) characteristics in patients with an acute episode of central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC) and evaluate their correlation to functional and psychological variables for their use in daily clinical practice. METHODS: Retinal thickness (RT), the height, area and volume of subretinal fluid (SRF)/pigment epithelium detachments were evaluated using the standardized procedures of the Vienna Reading Center...
January 16, 2018: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336200/does-cpap-affect-patient-reported-voice-outcomes
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Vance Hartke, Amanda Gillespie, Libby J Smith, Ryan J Soose
Upper aerodigestive tract symptoms are common in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It remains unclear whether continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) improves or worsens these otolaryngology symptoms. As therapy-related side effects limit CPAP adherence, this study aimed to determine if CPAP negatively affects voice, sinonasal, and reflux symptoms of the upper airway. Case series with planned data collection was performed at an academic otolaryngology sleep center. Newly diagnosed patients with OSA were evaluated before and 6 months after initiating CPAP therapy...
January 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336135/a-randomized-placebo-controlled-double-blind-parallel-groups-study-evaluating-the-performance-and-safety-of-a-steady-state-coherent-biomodulator-patch-in-the-treatment-of-subjective-tinnitus
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Peter Ahnblad, Anders Nordkvist
OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the performance and safety of an innovative passive light photon driven microscopic biomodulator patch as an alternative medical device for tinnitus relief. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-two (82) patients were randomized to receive either an active (biomodulator) patch or a placebo patch, for a 3-week treatment period. Patch performance (evaluated with questionnaires related to tinnitus and quality-of-life) and safety were assessed after 3 weeks of treatment (Week 3) and at a follow-up visit 4-weeks after end of treatment (Week 7)...
December 1, 2017: International Tinnitus Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336133/effects-of-tinnitus-retraining-therapy-with-different-colours-of-sound
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Stefania Barozzi, Umberto Ambrosetti, Susanna Løve Callaway, Thomas Behrens, Silvia Passoni, Luca Del Bo
BACKGROUND: In Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) sound stimulation is conventionally performed with low-level broadband sound generators; since the patient has to receive it for many hours in a day, it is important that the sound is tolerable and agreeable to the patient. A clinical trial was undertaken to evaluate the effect of different colour sound generators on tinnitus. The colour of a sound refers to the power spectrum of the signal. The sound generators used in this study provide the option to choose the preferred or most acceptable sound among white, red and pink noise...
December 1, 2017: International Tinnitus Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336124/masking-treatment-and-its-effect-on-tinnitus-parameters
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Ismail Aytac, Elif Baysal, Secaattin Gulsen, Koray Tumuklu, Cengiz Durucu, Lütfi Semih Mumbuc, MUzaffer Kanlikama
OBJECTIVE: Tinnitus is described as the perception of sound without any external acoustic stimulation. Any pathology of auditory pathways or any system of the human body may result with tinnitus. The pathophysiology of tinnitus accompanying the disorders of auditory system is not fully understood and there is not any particular effective treatment method has been specified. Tinnitus masking therapy has been reported as an effective treatment modality in the treatment of tinnitus. In this study, the results of tinnitus masking treatment on the parameters were evaluated prospectively...
December 1, 2017: International Tinnitus Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332630/effects-of-a-program-of-cognitive-behavioural-group-therapy-vestibular-rehabilitation-and-psychoeducational-explanations-on-patients-with-dizziness-and-no-quantified-balance-deficit-compared-to-patients-with-dizziness-and-a-quantified-balance-deficit
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D A Schmid, J H J Allum, M Sleptsova, S Gross, J Gaab, A Welge-Lüssen, R Schaefert, W Langewitz
BACKGROUND: We examined whether a program combining cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), vestibular rehabilitation (VR) and psychoeducation is equally effective in improving psychometric measures in patients with dizziness independent of a balance deficit. Measures of patients with dizziness only (DO) were compared to those of patients also having a quantified balance deficit (QBD). METHODS: 32 patients (23 female, 9 male) with persistent dizziness were analysed as 2 groups based on stance and gait balance control: those with QBD (pathological balance) or DO (normal balance)...
February 2018: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328011/-is-there-quality-of-life-with-locked-in-syndrome
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S D Limburg, J Pols, M Limburg
A 57-year-old man developed a locked-in state due to a brain stem stroke. He communicated through eye movements. The team suggested treatment should be discontinued, as there was no perspective of improvement. The family was very upset because they experienced sufficient quality of life. We investigated what 'quality of life' means. The literature shows that severely ill and completely care-dependent patients may experience high quality of life; this is called the disability paradox. Patients and families evaluate quality of life by looking for positive things to live for...
2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326026/treatment-outcomes-of-bilateral-medialization-thyroplasty-for-presbylaryngis
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Jordan J Allensworth, Karla O'Dell, Aaron Ziegler, Linda Bryans, Paul Flint, Joshua Schindler
BACKGROUND: Presbylaryngis is a common cause of dysphonia in elderly patients. Type I thyroplasty serves to improve glottic closure and vocal quality by correcting bowing. Although unilateral and injection-based procedures are well-characterized in the treatment of broadly defined glottic insufficiency, there are insufficient outcomes data for bilateral medialization thyroplasty in the treatment of presbylaryngis. The aim of this study was to review the change in measures of vocal quality before and after bilateral medialization thyroplasty for presbylaryngis...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325393/role-of-emotional-distress-in-prolongation-of-dizziness-a-cross-sectional-study
#15
Kyung Jin Roh, Min Ki Kim, Ji Hyung Kim, Eun Jin Son
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Dizziness is a common condition in outpatient clinics. Comorbid conditions such as anxiety and/or depression often complicate a patient's ability to cope with dizziness. The purpose of the present study was to explore the extent of psychiatric distress using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and to compare the results with the subjective severity of dizziness. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The cross-sectional study included a total of 456 consecutive patients presenting with acute (n=327) and chronic (n=127) dizziness symptoms...
December 2017: Journal of Audiology & Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325390/translation-adaptation-and-cross-language-validation-of-tinnitus-handicap-inventory-in-urdu
#16
Muhammad Aqeel, Ammar Ahmed
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Tinnitus is characterized as a perception of numerous auditory sounds in absence of external stimulus. Tinnitus can have a considerable consequence on a person's quality of life, and is considered to be very complicated to quantify. The aim of this study was to investigate the reliability and validity of Urdu translation of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) in Pakistan. It was designed to assess the presence of various auditory sounds without the external stimulus...
December 2017: Journal of Audiology & Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315837/an-artificial-flexible-visual-memory-system-based-on-an-uv-motivated-memristor
#17
Shuai Chen, Zheng Lou, Di Chen, Guozhen Shen
For the mimicry of human visual memory, a prominent challenge is how to detect and store the image information by electronic devices, which demands a multifunctional integration to sense light like eyes and to memorize image information like the brain by transforming optical signals to electrical signals that can be recognized by electronic devices. Although current image sensors can perceive simple images in real time, the image information fades away when the external image stimuli are removed. The deficiency between the state-of-the-art image sensors and visual memory system inspires the logical integration of image sensors and memory devices to realize the sensing and memory process toward light information for the bionic design of human visual memory...
January 8, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314074/efficacy-of-type-i-thyroplasty-after-endoscopic-cordectomy-for-early-stage-glottic-cancer-literature-review
#18
Caitlin Bertelsen, Lindsay Reder
OBJECTIVE: As phonomicrosurgical techniques have evolved, endoscopic cordectomy (EC) has been used more commonly for early-stage glottic cancer. Patients undergoing more extensive surgery often experience significant postoperative dysphonia for which there is no standard treatment. Surgical options include injection laryngoplasty and thyroplasty. We reviewed the literature to evaluate the efficacy of thyroplasty after EC. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search was conducted to identify studies of adults undergoing thyroplasty for dysphonia after EC for glottic cancer...
January 4, 2018: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310885/characteristics-of-a-treatment-seeking-population-in-a-private-practice-community-voice-clinic-an-epidemiologic-study
#19
Christopher R Watts, Kristie Knickerbocker
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate epidemiologic characteristics of a treatment-seeking population referred to a private practice community voice clinic. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort study. METHODS: Patient files representing evaluation referrals over a 28-month period were reviewed. Variables tabulated from records included disorder diagnosis, age, gender, perceptual voice quality ratings, and self-perceived voice handicap at initial evaluation...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300394/screening-value-of-v-rqol-in-the-evaluation-of-occupational-voice-disorders
#20
Joanna Morawska, Ewa Niebudek-Bogusz, Justyna Wiktorowicz, Mariola Śliwińska-Kowalska
BACKGROUND: Given the growing number of occupational voice users, easy and quick broad-scale screening is necessary to provide prophylaxis of voice disorders. The aim of the study was to assess applicability of the Voice Related Quality of Life questionnaire (V-RQOL) to screening occupational voice disorders. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The research comprised 284 subjects divided into 3 groups: 0 - the control group of normophonic subjects, non-professional voice users (N = 60), 1 - occupational voice users with objectively confirmed voice disorders (N = 124), 2 - the non-randomized group of occupational voice users with and without voice problems (N = 100)...
December 28, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
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