Recent Innovations in Voice Assessment Expected to Impact the Clinical Management of Voice Disorders This article provides a summary of some recent innovations in voice assessment expected to have an impact in the next 5–10 years on how patients with voice disorders are clinically managed by speech-language pathologists. Specific innovations discussed are in the areas of laryngeal imaging, ambulatory voice monitoring, and “big data” ... Article
Article  |   February 27, 2017
Recent Innovations in Voice Assessment Expected to Impact the Clinical Management of Voice Disorders
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jarrad H. Van Stan
    Center for Laryngeal Surgery & Voice Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital Communication Sciences and Disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
    Institute of Health Professions, Charlestown, MA
  • Daryush D. Mehta
    Center for Laryngeal Surgery & Voice Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital Communication Sciences and Disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
    Department of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
    Communication Sciences and Disorders, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Charlestown, MA
  • Robert E. Hillman
    Center for Laryngeal Surgery & Voice Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital Communication Sciences and Disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
    Department of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
    Communication Sciences and Disorders, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Charlestown, MA
  • Disclosures
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  • Financial: Robert E. Hillman has a financial interest in the Ambulatory Phonation Monitor based on a contractual agreement between Sensimetrics, Inc. (R&D for the initial version of the Ambulatory Phonation Monitor) and KayPENTAX, Inc. (manufacturer of the Ambulatory Phonation Monitor). Jarrad H. Van Stan and Daryush D. Mehta have no financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Robert E. Hillman has a financial interest in the Ambulatory Phonation Monitor based on a contractual agreement between Sensimetrics, Inc. (R&D for the initial version of the Ambulatory Phonation Monitor) and KayPENTAX, Inc. (manufacturer of the Ambulatory Phonation Monitor). Jarrad H. Van Stan and Daryush D. Mehta have no financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Jarrad H. Van Stan has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Daryush D. Mehta and Robert E. Hillman have filed a patent application for the methodology of subglottal impedance-based inverse filtering: Zañartu, M., Ho J. C., Mehta, D. D., Wodicka G. R., & Hillman, R. E.. System and methods for evaluating vocal function using an impedance-based inverse filtering of neck surface acceleration. International Patent Publication Number WO 2012/112985. Published August 23, 2012.
    Nonfinancial: Jarrad H. Van Stan has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Daryush D. Mehta and Robert E. Hillman have filed a patent application for the methodology of subglottal impedance-based inverse filtering: Zañartu, M., Ho J. C., Mehta, D. D., Wodicka G. R., & Hillman, R. E.. System and methods for evaluating vocal function using an impedance-based inverse filtering of neck surface acceleration. International Patent Publication Number WO 2012/112985. Published August 23, 2012.×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Part 1
Article   |   February 27, 2017
Recent Innovations in Voice Assessment Expected to Impact the Clinical Management of Voice Disorders
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2017, Vol. 2, 4-13. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG3.4
History: Received September 15, 2016 , Revised September 26, 2016 , Accepted September 28, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2017, Vol. 2, 4-13. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG3.4
History: Received September 15, 2016; Revised September 26, 2016; Accepted September 28, 2016

This article provides a summary of some recent innovations in voice assessment expected to have an impact in the next 5–10 years on how patients with voice disorders are clinically managed by speech-language pathologists. Specific innovations discussed are in the areas of laryngeal imaging, ambulatory voice monitoring, and “big data” analysis using machine learning to produce new metrics for vocal health. Also discussed is the potential for using voice analysis to detect and monitor other health conditions.

Acknowledgments
We would like to thank Marzyeh Ghassemi for providing images for Figure 2. This work was supported by the Voice Health Institute and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders under Grant R33 DC011588 and F31 DC014412. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.
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