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Efficacy of voice therapy in patients with puberphonia- a 15-year experience

Authors:

A. S. R. De Alwis ,

National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL), LK
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Registrar (ENT)
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R. J. S. Rupasinghe,

National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL), LK
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Speech Therapist
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I. Kumarasinghe,

National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL), LK
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Speech Therapist
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A. Weerasinghe,

National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL), LK
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Speech Therapist
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R. Perera,

National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL), LK
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Speech Therapist
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C. Jayasuriya

National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL), LK
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Consultant ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
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Abstract

Background

Puberphonia is the perseverance of high pitched voice after the pubertal age in males which causes a huge psychosocial impact. Voice therapy is one modality of management of Puberphonia.

 

Aim

The Objective of our study was to evaluate the efficacy of voice therapy in patients as the sole treatment to improve the pitch and quality of voice, the psychosocial impact and patient's satisfaction.

 

Methods

A retrospective study was carried out on 71 patients who were presented to ENT unit at the National hospital of Sri Lanka for fifteen years from 2002. Pre and post voice therapy subjective assessment was done by the speech therapist for pitch and quality and patient’s perceptual assessment using an analog scale (0-extremely poor to 10-normal voice) and a psychosocial impact assessment was also done.

 

Results

The time duration of voice therapy ranged from 1 to 10 months (average-3.6 months). Pitch and quality of the voice became normal in 78.9% and 35.2% of patients respectively. Pre-therapy perceptual score range(PSR) was 0 to 6 (mean-3.0). Post-therapy PSR was 5 to 10 (mean-7.7). 95.8% patients had improved psychosocial impact and patient satisfaction after voice therapy. Remaining opted for surgical management.

 

Conclusion

Voice therapy significantly improves the pitch, patient's satisfaction and psychosocial impact and can be used as an effective modality of treatment for Puberphonia.
How to Cite: De Alwis, A.S.R., Rupasinghe, R.J.S., Kumarasinghe, I., Weerasinghe, A., Perera, R. and Jayasuriya, C., 2018. Efficacy of voice therapy in patients with puberphonia- a 15-year experience. Ceylon Journal of Otolaryngology, 7(1), pp.8–11. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjo.v7i1.5267
Published on 31 Dec 2018.
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