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The impact of menopause on vocal quality

Evelien D'haeseleer UGent, Herman Depypere UGent, Sofie Claeys UGent, Floris Wuyts, Sophia De Ley UGent and Kristiane Van Lierde UGent (2011) MENOPAUSE-THE JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MENOPAUSE SOCIETY. 18(3). p.267-272
abstract
Objective: The purpose of this study was to measure and describe the effect of menopause on vocal characteristics by comparing premenopausal and postmenopausal women (not taking hormone therapy [HT]). Methods: Thirty-eight postmenopausal women (mean age, 58 y) not taking HT participated in the study. The control group consisted of 34 premenopausal women (mean age, 48 y). To determine the vocal characteristics in both groups, objective (aerodynamic measurements, vocal range measurements, acoustic analysis, electroglottography, and a determination of the Dysphonia Severity Index) and subjective (perceptual evaluation, videostroboscopic evaluation, and Voice Handicap Index) assessment techniques were used. Results: Postmenopausal women showed a good overall vocal quality, with a Dysphonia Severity Index value of 3.3. Significant differences in aerodynamic parameters (vital capacity and phonation quotient), vocal range (lowest frequency), and acoustic parameters (fundamental frequency [F0] during reading, variation of F0, F0 tremor intensity index, and amplitude tremor intensity index) were found between the premenopausal and postmenopausal women. However, when controlling for age, only phonation quotient and F0 during reading were significantly lower in the group of postmenopausal women. For the perceptual evaluation, significant differences in grade of dysphonia, breathiness, and strained vocal quality were found. Conclusions: Postmenopausal women not taking HT had a good overall vocal quality. However, in comparison with premenopausal women, they showed a lower habitual F0 in continuous speech.
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Vocal quality, Larynx, Menopause, Vocal performance, DYSPHONIA SEVERITY INDEX, HORMONE-RECEPTORS, REPRODUCTIVE AGE, FEMALE LARYNX, VOICE, WOMEN, POSTMENOPAUSAL, SYMPTOMS, THERAPY, FOLD
journal title
MENOPAUSE-THE JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MENOPAUSE SOCIETY
Menopause-J. N. Am. Menopause Soc.
volume
18
issue
3
pages
267 - 272
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Article
Web of Science id
000287658600008
JCR category
OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY
JCR impact factor
3.758 (2011)
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6/78 (2011)
JCR quartile
1 (2011)
ISSN
1072-3714
DOI
10.1097/gme.0b013e3181f3ee36
language
English
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yes
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A1
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1088600
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1088600
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2010-12-16 16:20:33
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2012-04-25 11:47:34
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  abstract     = {Objective: The purpose of this study was to measure and describe the effect of menopause on vocal characteristics by comparing premenopausal and postmenopausal women (not taking hormone therapy [HT]).
Methods: Thirty-eight postmenopausal women (mean age, 58 y) not taking HT participated in the study. The control group consisted of 34 premenopausal women (mean age, 48 y). To determine the vocal characteristics in both groups, objective (aerodynamic measurements, vocal range measurements, acoustic analysis, electroglottography, and a determination of the Dysphonia Severity Index) and subjective (perceptual evaluation, videostroboscopic evaluation, and Voice Handicap Index) assessment techniques were used.
Results: Postmenopausal women showed a good overall vocal quality, with a Dysphonia Severity Index value of 3.3. Significant differences in aerodynamic parameters (vital capacity and phonation quotient), vocal range (lowest frequency), and acoustic parameters (fundamental frequency [F0] during reading, variation of F0, F0 tremor intensity index, and amplitude tremor intensity index) were found between the premenopausal and postmenopausal women. However, when controlling for age, only phonation quotient and F0 during reading were significantly lower in the group of postmenopausal women. For the perceptual evaluation, significant differences in grade of dysphonia, breathiness, and strained vocal quality were found.
Conclusions: Postmenopausal women not taking HT had a good overall vocal quality. However, in comparison with premenopausal women, they showed a lower habitual F0 in continuous speech.},
  author       = {D'haeseleer, Evelien and Depypere, Herman and Claeys, Sofie and Wuyts, Floris and De Ley, Sophia and Van Lierde, Kristiane},
  issn         = {1072-3714},
  journal      = {MENOPAUSE-THE JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MENOPAUSE SOCIETY},
  keyword      = {Vocal quality,Larynx,Menopause,Vocal performance,DYSPHONIA SEVERITY INDEX,HORMONE-RECEPTORS,REPRODUCTIVE AGE,FEMALE LARYNX,VOICE,WOMEN,POSTMENOPAUSAL,SYMPTOMS,THERAPY,FOLD},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {267--272},
  title        = {The impact of menopause on vocal quality},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/gme.0b013e3181f3ee36},
  volume       = {18},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
D’haeseleer, Evelien, Herman Depypere, Sofie Claeys, Floris Wuyts, Sophia De Ley, and Kristiane Van Lierde. 2011. “The Impact of Menopause on Vocal Quality.” Menopause-the Journal of the North American Menopause Society 18 (3): 267–272.
APA
D’haeseleer, E., Depypere, H., Claeys, S., Wuyts, F., De Ley, S., & Van Lierde, K. (2011). The impact of menopause on vocal quality. MENOPAUSE-THE JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MENOPAUSE SOCIETY, 18(3), 267–272.
Vancouver
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D’haeseleer E, Depypere H, Claeys S, Wuyts F, De Ley S, Van Lierde K. The impact of menopause on vocal quality. MENOPAUSE-THE JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MENOPAUSE SOCIETY. 2011;18(3):267–72.
MLA
D’haeseleer, Evelien, Herman Depypere, Sofie Claeys, et al. “The Impact of Menopause on Vocal Quality.” MENOPAUSE-THE JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MENOPAUSE SOCIETY 18.3 (2011): 267–272. Print.