Speech-Language Pathologists' Knowledge and Understanding of Hormone Influence on Voice Function The purpose of this study was to examine speech-language pathologists' knowledge and general practice patterns within voice specialty clinical settings. A 13-item, web-based survey was created to address the purposes of this investigation. The participants were recruited from diverse geographic regions via the online Special Interest Group 3, Voice and ... Article
Article  |   July 03, 2018
Speech-Language Pathologists' Knowledge and Understanding of Hormone Influence on Voice Function
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Laura W. Plexico
    Department of Communication Disorders, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • Mary J. Sandage
    Department of Communication Disorders, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
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  • Financial: Laura W. Plexico has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Mary J. Sandage has no relevant financial interests to disclose
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Part 2
Article   |   July 03, 2018
Speech-Language Pathologists' Knowledge and Understanding of Hormone Influence on Voice Function
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, July 2018, Vol. 3, 47-55. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG3.47
History: Received December 23, 2017 , Revised March 5, 2018 , Accepted March 15, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, July 2018, Vol. 3, 47-55. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG3.47
History: Received December 23, 2017; Revised March 5, 2018; Accepted March 15, 2018

The purpose of this study was to examine speech-language pathologists' knowledge and general practice patterns within voice specialty clinical settings. A 13-item, web-based survey was created to address the purposes of this investigation. The participants were recruited from diverse geographic regions via the online Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders, Community, and e-mailing individuals with a reputation as a voice specialist. Data were analyzed within the online survey software using descriptive statistics and a thematic qualitative analysis of the open-ended questions. A total of 55 participants initiated the survey. Findings from both the qualitative and quantitative queries indicate that the community of voice specialists are seeing clients with hormone-related voice changes. Survey findings and comments indicate that specialists are seeing a lowering of pitch and reduced range secondary to hormone treatment or hormone change. The findings also highlight that the field of voice currently acknowledges the potential importance and influence of hormones on voice function; however, the field has not begun to routinely incorporate hormones into the diagnostic process or clinical decision-making processes.

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