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Audiology - Communication Research

versão On-line ISSN 2317-6431

Resumo

SANTOS, Sabrina Braga dos et al. Verifying the effectiveness of using resonance tubes in voice therapy with elderly people. Audiol., Commun. Res. [online]. 2014, vol.19, n.1, pp.81-87. ISSN 2317-6431.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S2317-64312014000100014.

Purpose

: Verifying the effectiveness of the Finnish resonance tube method in a group of elderly subjects with complaints of vocal and respiratory changes.

Methods

: The sample was made up of dwellers from a long-term care institution (LTCI) who were equally distributed into Research Group (G1) and Control Group (G2). 42 elderly, 30 of whom female, between 62 and 93 years old took part in the research. A sociodemographic survey was applied followed by spirometry and voice recording both prior to and after the intervention. G1 attended six resonance tube sessions, while G2 attended six vocal health workshops. The voices recorded were analyzed following the GRBASI scale.

Results

: G1 significantly improved while G2 did not have any significant voice change. Spiromety improved in G1 and worsened in G2.

Conclusion

: The Finnish resonance tube technique was effective in treating the elderly with presbyphonia symptoms and aided in improving their vocal quality and vital capacity.

Palavras-chave : Aged; Voice; Voice Training; Vital Capacity; Quality of Life.

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