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Graduate Students Present on Voice and Swallowing Symptoms in Patients with Thyroid Disease

Seana Hollingsworth and Jill Schager, graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology, recently presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s annual conference in New Orleans, La.

Hollingsworth and Schager presented the following two poster sessions with Dr. Lori Lombard, professor of Speech-Language Pathology, and Dr. Bosco Noronha, an ENT in Indiana, Pa.:

Objective Voice Measures in Patients with Thyroid Disease

This study was designed to identify the changes in vocal function associated with thyroid disease. Patients with thyroid disease and an age- and gender-matched control group were compared on perceptual, acoustic, and physiologic measures of vocal function. Results and clinical implications were discussed.

Perceived Voice and Swallowing Symptoms in Patients with Thyroid Disease

This study identified perceived voice and swallowing symptoms in patients with thyroid disease as compared to normal controls. Results of questionnaire data from the Voice Handicap Index (VHI; Jacobson et al., 1997) and the SWAL-QOL scale (McHorney et al., 2002) were discussed for each cohort. Clinical implications for classification of symptoms and diagnostic potential were also presented.

Handouts for their talks can be obtained on the ASHA 2009 Convention Website.

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