Title

Voice handicap index results for older patients with adductor spasmodic dysphonia

Authors

Authors

J. M. Wingate; B. H. Ruddy; D. S. Lundy; J. Lehman; R. Casiano; S. P. Collins; G. E. Woodson;C. Sapienza

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Abbreviated Journal Title

J. Voice

Keywords

voice handicap; spasmodic dysphonia; older adults; CONSEQUENCES; SARCOPENIA; Otorhinolaryngology

Abstract

Adductor spasmodic dysphonia (ADSD) adversely affects a speaker's ability to effectively communicate. For many individuals suffering with ADSD, botulinum toxin (Botox) is the chosen treatment to remediate the symptoms. Although Botox's effects on symptom remediation have been examined before, patient perception of improvement post-Botox has been examined less frequently. Further, no studies have addressed the symptomatic changes in older adults that occur after Botox treatment. The Voice Handicap Index (VHI) was used as the instrument to assess older patient's (> 65 years) perception of how ADSD impacts certain areas of their life pre- and post-Botox injection. The outcome of the VHI was related to a clinical judgment of voice severity. Participants also completed the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS) to examine overall stress level, and the outcome of the SRRS was correlated to postinjection VHI scores. Results indicated no significant correlation between VHI scores and voice severity or SRRS ratings. The current study suggests further study of voice outcomes with older adults with ADSD is needed.

Journal Title

Journal of Voice

Volume

19

Issue/Number

1

Publication Date

1-1-2005

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

124

Last Page

131

WOS Identifier

WOS:000227935600012

ISSN

0892-1997

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