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Speech therapy with phonation into tubes in a patients with vocal fold paralysis surgically medialized: a case study/Fonoterapia com fonacao em tubos em paciente com paralisia de prega vocal medializada cirurgicamente: estudo de caso.

INTRODUCTION

There are several etiologies for vocal folds paralysis. It can be caused by head, neck and thorax mechanic traumas, neoplasias, viral inflammatory processes or it metabolic, toxic or idiopathic origins [1-3]. In unilateral vocal fold paralysis, there might be: dysphagia, reduced pneumophonoarticulatory coordination, vocal fatigue, decrease of loudness and of vocal projection, reduction of vocal range, resonant unbalance, and alteration of vocal quality (hoarseness, breathiness, roughness and asthenia). The degrees of alteration may vary according to the relative position of the paralyzed vocal fold, the time since the disease started and the skill of the contralateral vocal fold to compensate the glottic closure [1,4].

In cases of surgical medialization of the paralyzed vocal fold, speech therapy may disable improper compensations and it may promote proper vocalization to the new glottic configuration after surgery 3. The semi-occluded vocal tract exercises (SOVTE) influence the glottic source, through retroflex resonance. It changes the characteristics of vocal folds vibration, through increase of vocal tract impedance in the moment of emission [5-7]. A SOVTE, type phonation into resonance tubes of different sizes, has been used in the treatment of different dysphonia diagnoses, either hypo- or hyperfunctional. Phonation into glass and latex tubes, immersed in water, enables increase of subglottic pressure and higher glottic adduction. Thus, these exercises aim at improving muscular strength, when the tubes are deeply immersed in water [6].

Currently, the scientific literature presents a lot of information about surgical procedures in cases of vocal folds paralysis, but there is limited information related to speech therapy for these cases. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate the benefits of speech therapy through different vocal techniques 1.

Bearing in mind the interest in research about the effects and effectiveness of phonation into tubes, the present case study aimed at verifying the perceptual auditory and acoustic voice changes after a brief speech therapy method, using three forms of phonation into tubes in a male subject with unilateral vocal fold paralysis, through surgical medialization.

CLINICAL CASE PRESENTATION

This is an original, longitudinal and quantitative case report, approved by the committee of ethics in research (n. 23081.016945/2010-76). The participant received information about the study, accepted it and signed the free and clarified consent term (res.466 CONEP/2012).

The patient was a twenty nine -year-old male, Caucasian, with complaint of 'vocal loss' after a flu episode. He searched an otorhinolaryngologist (ORL) who requested videolaryngostroboscopy (VLS). A left vocal fold paralysis in abduction was detected. The ORL prescribed speech therapy in a private office, for approximately one year, one session per week. One year after the initial diagnosis, when there was possibility of reinnervation and return of paralysed vocal fold mobility [8], without improvements through speech therapy, the patient was referred for surgery of left vocal fold medialization (type I thyroplasty). Before the surgery, the ORL referred the patient for hearing, speech and language evaluation and therapy, in order to compare the effects of the surgery and the effects of the speech therapy.

Speech, Hearing and Language evaluation - data collection

The Speech, Hearing and Language evaluation was performed in five stages: before the surgery (M1); after ten days of post-surgery vocal rest and before speech therapy (M2); after six days performing the technique of phonation into latex tube (M3); after six days performing the technique of phonation into a glass tube (M4); and after six days performing the technique of phonation into a plastic tube of lower diameter (M5).

In the evaluation room, the noise level was lower than 50dB (verified through sound pressure meter Instrutherm, model Dec-480) [9,10]. The collection of the vowel /a:/ was performed. The patient was in an orthostatic position, with usual pitch, loudness and vocal quality, in maximum phonation time (MPT), without using expiratory reserve [1,7].

The vocal emissions were recorded through microphone (stereo, unidirectional, 96kHz, 16bits, 50% of recording level of entrance signal) attached to the professional digital recorder Zoom H4n, fixed to a pedestal and positioned at a 90[degrees] angle from the subject's mouth 1, at a distance of four centimeters from the microphone to the mouth [9].

Vocal Therapy

As the patient had already done speech, hearing and language therapy for about one year, without success, the tubes technique as a treatment was chosen, because of the benefits reported in the literature, through SOVTEs [6,7,11].

After M2, the first speech therapy session was performed, through the technique of phonation into a latex tube (35 cm in length, 0.9 cm in diameter and 0.2 cm in thickness), immersed in a 600 ml PET bottle (with 300 ml of water, at room temperature), 15 cm deep. The patient was instructed to perform the technique by putting the tube between the lips, emitting continuous sounded blowing. The patient remained seated during the technique performance and held the bottle at a comfortable height, fully upright, at a 90[degrees] angle from neck to chin, with the feet flat on the floor. There were three series of 15 repetitions of the technique in maximum phonation time (MPT), with passive rest of 30 seconds among the series [6,7,10]. The same posture and the same number of series and repetitions were adopted in all the performed therapy sessions.

After the therapy session, the patient was instructed to perform the technique at home once a day (three series of 15 repetitions in MPT), five days a week, with the same instructions in relation to posture, number of repetitions and passive rest among the series [10].

On the second week, there was another voice evaluation (M3), with the second session of speech therapy through the technique of phonation into a glass tube (27cm in length, 0.9cm in diameter and 0.1cm in thickness), with one extremity of the tube immersed 15 cm into a plastic recipient with water (12 cm in width, 12 cm in depth, 15 cm in length, with water to 9 cm height) [7]. The technique was performed through three series of 15 repetitions in MPT and the patient was instructed to perform the mentioned series at home, for five days.

On the third week and new voice collection (M4), the last speech therapy session was performed through the technique of phonation into a plastic tube of lower diameter (8,7cm in length and 1,5mm in diameter) [5,11]. The technique was also performed through three series of 15 repetitions in MPT. The patient performed the technique at home in the same manner, once a day, for five days. One week later, the last evaluation (M5) was performed.

Data analysis procedures

From the collected vocal samples, the perceptive-auditory voice evaluation and the acoustic spectrography were performed by three expert Speech, Hearing and Language therapists. The therapists were not this study's authors and they did not know about the study objective, or about the patient's disease. not aware about the moments of voice samples collection. However, they knew about the subject's age and sex [1,7].

The scale of perceptive-auditory evaluation, the RASATI scale (of hoarseness, roughness, breathiness, asthenia, tension and instability) (adapted GRBAS scale) was used. So, for every item of the scale, a value from zero to three (0 for normality, when no vocal disorder is perceived by the listener; 1 for discrete disorder, or in case of doubt about the presence of disorders; 2 for moderate, when the disorder is evident; and 3 for extreme vocal disorders) could be attributed [7,12,13]. The experts were instructed to listen to the vocal samples as much as necessary. They performed the evaluation individually, through headphones.

The spectrographic analysis was performed through the program Real Time Spectrogram by Kay Pentax[R]. The following parameters were analyzed, in the wide-band spectrogram: first formant tracing color intensity F1, F2, F3 and F4, tracing color intensity in the high frequencies and in all the vocal spectrum; definition of F1, F2, F3 and F4; tracing regularity; and F band width [7,13].

In the narrow-band spectrogram, the following aspects were evaluated: color tracing intensity in the high frequencies and in all the vocal spectrum; presence of noise among the harmonics; definition of harmonics; tracing regularity, number of harmonics and presence of sub-harmonics [7,13]. The spectrograms were visually analyzed by the experts, who received the images without the subject's voice presentations, so not to be influenced by the sound signal presence 7.

They were asked to draw a line crossing an analogical visual scale, , a ten centimeters horizontal line with limits to the right and to the left. This line could better represent their perception about each evaluated item. The left extremity was characterized as 'improper' (values close to zero), except for the parameters related to noise presence in the spectrogram, which were considered as opposite 9.

The vocal samples were also acoustically analyzed through the program Multi Dimension Voice Program Advanced (MDVPA) by Kay Pentax[R], based on the vowel /a:/, with a sample index of 44kHz and 16 bits. Through the MDVPA, the following measures were extracted: absolute Jitter (Jita) (usec); percentage Jitter (Jitt) (%); relative average of frequency perturbation (RAP) (%); pitch perturbation quotient (PPQ) (%); soft pitch perturbation quotient (sPPQ) (%); Shimmer in dB (ShdB) (dB); percentage Shimmer (Shim) (%); amplitude perturbation quotient (APQ) (%); soft amplitude perturbation quotient (sAPQ) (%); noise-to-harmonics ratio (NHR); voice turbulence index (VTI); soft phonation index (SPI); number of sub-harmonic segments (NSH); degree of sub-harmonics (DSH) (%); degree of voice breaks (DVB) (%); number of voice breaks (NVB) (%); degree of unvoiced segments (DUV) (%); number of unvoiced segments (NUV); variation of amplitude (vAm) (%); variation of fundamental frequency (vf0) (%); fundamental frequency (10) (Hz); 10 high (fhi) (Hz); f0 low (flo) (Hz); f0 standard deviation (STD) (Hz) (LIMA, 2013). Thus, the aperiodicity/noise level, the stability level and the vocal signal frequency level were analyzed.

For the acoustic analysis, the lowest time of vowel /a/ sustaining from all the emissions performed by the patient was used, excluding the vocal onset and the emission end, because of natural instability periods in these cases. So, the window for analysis was three seconds 711. this is a case study, the data could not be submitted to statistical analysis, and t were descriptively analyzed, as shown in Tables from 1 to 4.

RESULTS

In the acoustic measures of MDVPA, an increase of most frequency perturbation measures after surgery and values reduction along the speech therapy sessions were verified (Table 1).

In the acoustic spectrographic evaluation, an improvement of most analyzed aspects along therapy; tracing regularity improvement, as in the narrow-band spectrogram, as in the wide-band spectrogram; and an increase of tracing F2 and F3 intensity, after surgery. F definition worsening after surgery was observed, with gradual improvement during speech therapy (Tables 2 and 3).

The perceptive-auditory vocal analysis showed hoarseness breathiness improvement, after the surgery; also after the speech therapy sessions, as well as tension worsening following the surgery, with gradual improvement along speech therapy (Table 4).

DISCUSSION

The approach of Hearing, Speech and Language therapists in cases of vocal fold paralysis, before and after surgery, is important, because speech therapy provides better balance control between the respiratory and the phonatory systems, it avoids ineffective phonatory compensation processes, gives more stability in the vocal folds mucosa vibration and accelerates the patient's rehabilitation 9.

The present case study reinforces the importance of speech therapy through systematic exercises performed in a short period (three weeks), because most frequency perturbation measures (Jitt, RAP, PPQ and sPPQ) increased immediately after the surgery (M2), but they started to decrease along the speech therapy sessions. This information confirms that this surgery promotes vocal folds approximation. However, individually, it does not ensure noise decrease and emission stability, which did not occur through systematic speech therapy after surgery (Table 1).

Thus, speech therapy through phonation into a tube provided more harmonic energy, noise decrease and higher emission stability. This type of therapy corroborates the improvement of most spectrographic evaluation aspects, such as tracing color intensity in wide-band spectrogram, after speech therapy (M5); tracing regularity, either in wide-band spectrogram or in narrow-band spectrogram improved after surgery and increased along speech therapy (Table 2). The F definition got worse after the surgery, but, along the speech therapy sessions, it improved gradually (Table 2). These results suggest harmonic energy increase, aperiodic energy reduction and improvement of loudness and vocal projection 17. This information is confirmed by a research on the effects of the technique of phonation into a glass tube immersed in water in women without complaints and with no laryngeal diseases 7.

The amplitude perturbation measures increased after the surgery (M2) and after the speech therapy sessions (M5). The presence of sub-harmonics, in the wide-band spectrogram, which did not present alterations after the surgery, worsened after the speech therapy sessions (Table 3). These results were contradictory when compared with the perceptive-auditory evaluation, which evidenced reduction of breathiness (Table 4), because, according to the literature, the measures of amplitude perturbation are more related to breathiness. However, it must be considered that the emissions of individuals with unilateral vocal fold paralysis are approached as aperiodic and that, even after surgery and speech therapy, there is permanent damage of the glottic source, mainly in relation to the closure of rima glottidis, either considering the closure completeness, or considering the firmness aspect. This fact may justify such acoustic findings, although they are not auditorily perceived. In these cases, the perceptive-auditory evaluation is extremely important 9.

The subharmonic segments measures (DSH and NSH) increased after the surgery (M2) and then decreased. The measures of the unvoiced segments (NUV and DUV) also decreased significantly after the surgery (Table 1). It probably happened due to better and greater glottic coaptation and because of mucosa mobilization. This finding corroborates the decrease of frequency perturbation measures and the reduction of breathiness. There was also noise reduction in the high frequencies and in all the spectrogram (Table 3) after the surgery and after the first week of therapy. This improvement was maintained along the therapy sessions only in the high frequencies 1A9.

Such findings are consistent with a research which showed that training through phonation into a tube promotes activation of the thyroarytenoid, cricothyroid and lateral cricoarytenoid muscles 14. In the present case study, this action was inferred because of the positive results obtained through the speech therapy sessions, which suggests higher muscular conditioning of the healthy vocal fold.

Adopting the same view of the present study, a retrospective research with 12 individuals with vocal fold unilateral paralysis evidenced, after speech treatment, significant improvement of breathing, followed by degree of dysphonia and asthenia. However, this study did not mention the vocal techniques used 1.

The results of the present investigation, in relation to vocal acoustic analysis, corroborate most of the literature about speech therapy in cases of unilateral vocal fold paralysis. The following benefits are expected: higher glottic closure, mucosa mobilization improvement, improvement of perceptive-auditory vocal alterations, reduction of acoustic measures jitter, shimmer, noise-to-harmonics ratio, f0 measures, vocal breaks, unvoiced segments and sub-harmonics 4.

In relation to the perceptive-auditory analysis, there was an increase in tension, after the surgery (M2), which reduced through the speech therapy sessions. There was also roughness improvement after the last speech therapy session (M5) (Table 4). Before the surgery (M1), the muscular hypertension was an expected compensatory mechanism of the patient, owing to the laryngeal gap, although the vocal tension perceptive-auditory aspect was classified as discrete, because the extreme breathiness probably masked the tension in the perceptive-auditory analysis. After the surgery (M2), with higher glottic coaptation, it is probable that the patient maintained the compensatory mechanism. The tension was classified as moderate, because it was more perceptible. Along speech therapy, the tension degree reduced and, at the end of the treatment, it was eliminated. Voice roughness is also justified in the presence of the perceptive-auditory aspect of tension, and it was eliminated after the speech therapy sessions (M5) (Table 4) 12.

A study involving 24 men with unilateral paralysis of vocal fold (average age of 60.7 years) investigated the perceptive-auditory vocal characteristics through the RASATI scale and the paralyzed vocal fold position. Predominance of hoarseness, roughness and tension (higher frequency of moderate degree), breathiness (higher frequency of severe degree), asthenia and instability (higher frequency of mild degree) and general degree of high vocal disorder was verified 2.

Another research, with the same sample, investigated the vocal perceptive-auditory characteristics after type I thyroplasty. There was a reduction of hoarseness, roughness and breathiness (higher frequency of mild degree); asthenia (higher frequency from mild degree to normal); tension and instability (higher frequency of normality). This finding agrees with the results of the present case study, except for breathiness, which was moderate after the surgery 15.

A patient diagnosed with right vocal fold paralysis, in paramedian position, was submitted to speech therapy, five sessions of one hour each, once a week. The subject was instructed to perform the same techniques five times a day at home. It must be highlighted that several techniques of different categories were used for treatment, such as laryngeal massage, yawn-sigh technique, reverse phonation, prolonged /b/, basal sound and nasal sounds, emission in maximum phonation time (MPT) and with frequencies variation. At the end of the therapy sessions, the type of voice was considered normal or adapted and the extensions of voice were spoken and sung. The vocal self-evaluation scores and the acoustic analysis data were normal, partially corroborating the present results 10.

According to the literature, the SOVTEs provide an increase of intraoral pressure and, thus, more contact of the vocal folds mucosa, with lower tension. Moreover, they increase the intrinsic laryngeal muscular activity, mucous wave and vibration stability 6J'14. These aspects may justify the obtained and discussed results of the present study.

In this case study, there was also an increase in frequency measures, mainly after the surgery, which decreased after the first speech therapy day and increased, significantly, at the end of the treatment (172Hz). Such result may show a compensation of the discrete abductor strength of the cricothyroid muscle, because of the balanced closure difficulty, from a permanently impaired glottic source 339.

As there is lack of studies about the technique of phonation into a tube in groups with different laryngeal diseases, the present study aimed at demonstrating the results of a vocal fold paralysis case study. The purpose was to contribute in the search for scientific evidences about the tube technique, as well as to help the Speech Therapist, in the voice area, integrated with otorhinolaryngological acting. However, further studies are necessary to generalize the results, as well as to present the changes occurred in several laryngeal diseases with more details, in relation to the performance of speech therapy techniques.

FINAL COMMENTS

The systematic speech therapy for 18 days, through three different techniques of phonation into a tube, in a male adult patient, presented with left vocal fold paralysis, surgically medialized, provided improvements of most frequency perturbation measures, voiceless or not sounded components, wide-band spectrogram tracing color intensity, spectrographic tracing regularity and formants definition. Furthermore, in the perceptive-auditory analysis, there was tension, roughness and breathiness reduction. The main findings of this case study evidenced harmonic energy increase, aperiodic energy decrease, stability increase and vocal projection increase. Such results suggest that the type of speech therapy used in the present study, may be beneficial in cases of vocal fold unilateral paralysis.

doi: 10.1590/1982-0216201618619515

Received on: November 17, 2015 Accepted on: August 26, 2016

Conflict of interest: non-existent

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Joziane Padilha de Moraes Lima (1) Carla Aparecida Cielo (1) Mara Keli Christmann (2)

(1) Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brasil.

(2) Associacao Educacional Luterana Bom Jesus (IELUSC), Joinville, SC, Brasil.

Mailing address:

Joziane Padilha de Moraes Lima Rua Araujo Viana, no 545, apto 402, Centro Santa Maria--RS--Brasil CEP: 97015-040 E-mail: jozimoraeslima@gmail.com
Table 1. Acoustic measures of the Multi Dimension Voice
Program Advanced in the five stages of vocal evaluations

                                                  After the
              Before surgery   After surgery     first week
                   (M1)            (M2)        of therapy (M3)

f0 (Hz)           137.13          172.32           156.77
fhi (Hz)          149.29          199.49           185822
flo (Hz)          126.4           148.55           137. 64
STD (Hz)         01/03/21        05/11/16         01/06/20
Jita (usec)       185.51          172.37           199.90
Jitt (%)         01/02/54        01/02/96         03/12/16
RAP (%)          01/01/52        01/01/78         01/01/84
PPQ (%)          01/01/45        01/01/78         01/01/93
sPPQ (%)         01/01/64        01/01/87         01/01/97
vf0 (%)          01/02/34        01/02/97         01/03/95
ShdB (dB)          0.58            0.63             0.70
Shim (%)         01/06/68        01/07/27         01/08/56
APQ (%)          01/04/50        01/04/48         06/12/16
sAPQ (%)         05/09/16        01/05/47         01/07/63
vAm (%)          11/03/16        01/11/86         01/11/49
NHR                0.21            0.17             0.19
VTI                0.09            0.10             0.07
SPI              12/12/16        12/11/16         13/10/16
DVB (%)             0                0                0
NVB (%)             0                0                0
DUV (%)          01/07/21            0                0
NUV                 7                0                0
DSH (%)             0            01/08/62           0.87
NSH                 0               10                1

              After the second   After the third   Normality
              week of therapy    week of therapy   parameter
                    (M4)              (M5)

f0 (Hz)            162.91            177.15         145.22
fhi (Hz)           196.20            207.16         150.08
flo (Hz)           139.42            164.28          14.41
STD (Hz)          01/05/50          01/04/28       01/01/43
Jita (usec)        210.33            102.10          41.66
Jitt (%)          01/03/42          01/08/16         0.58
RAP (%)           02/05/16          01/09/16         0.34
PPQ (%)           02/09/16          01/09/16         0.33
sPPQ (%)          02/08/16          01/04/16         0.56
vf0 (%)           01/03/37          01/02/42         0.93
ShdB (dB)           0.72              0.77           0.21
Shim (%)          01/08/18          01/09/00       01/02/52
APQ (%)           01/05/96          01/06/25       01/01/98
sAPQ (%)          01/07/25          01/07/91       03/05/16
vAm (%)           11/08/16            25.67        01/07/71
NHR                 0.19              0.17           0.12
VTI                 0.11              0.06           0.05
SPI               01/10/17          01/11/44       01/06/77
DVB (%)              0                  0             0.2
NVB (%)              0                  0             0.2
DUV (%)             0.86                0             0.2
NUV                  1                  0             0.2
DSH (%)           01/05/21          01/03/44          0.2
NSH                  6                  4             0.2

Legend: M:moment; Hz: hertz; dB: decibel; f0: fundamental
frequency; fhi: f0 high; flo: f0 low; STD: standard
deviation of 10; Jita: absolute Jitter; Jitt. percentual or
relative Jitter; RAP: relative average of perturbation of
pitch; PPQ: pitch or frequency perturbation quotient; sPPQ:
soft pitch or frequency perturbation quotient; vf0: variation
of f0; ShdB: absolute Shimmer or in dB; Shim: percentual or
relative Shimmer; APQ: amplitude perturbation quotient; sAPQ:
soft amplitude perturbation quotient; vAm: variation of
amplitude; NHR: noise-to-harmonics ratio; VTI: voice
turbulation index; SPI: soft phonation index; DVB: degree
of voice breaks; DSH: degree of sub-harmonics; DUV: degree
of unvoiced segments; NVB: number of voice breaks; NSH:
number of sub-harmonic segments; NUV: number of unvoiced
segments.

Table 2. Wide-band spectrographic evaluation in the five
stages of vocal evaluation

                                         Before     After
                                         surgery   surgery
                                          (M1)      (M2)

Intensity of tracing color of F1 (mm)      70        70
Intensity of tracing color of F2 (mm)      60        70
Intensity of tracing color of F3 (mm)      50        60
Intensity of tracing color of F4 (mm)      40        30
Intensity of tracing color of high         30        30
  frequencies (mm)
Intensity of tracing color of all          50        50
  spectrogram (mm)
Noise in all spectrogram (mm)              60        40
Noise in high frequencies (mm)             60        40
Definition of F1 (mm)                      80        50
Definition of F2 (mm)                      70        40
Definition of F3 (mm)                      50        60
Definition of F4 (mm)                       0         0
Tracing regularity (mm)                    60        70

                                         After the     After the
                                         first wee    second week
                                         of therapy   of therapy
                                            (M3)         (M4)

Intensity of tracing color of F1 (mm)        90           90
Intensity of tracing color of F2 (mm)        90           80
Intensity of tracing color of F3 (mm)        80           70
Intensity of tracing color of F4 (mm)        30           70
Intensity of tracing color of high           60           70
  frequencies (mm)
Intensity of tracing color of all            70           70
  spectrogram (mm)
Noise in all spectrogram (mm)                30           40
Noise in high frequencies (mm)               30           30
Definition of F1 (mm)                        80           80
Definition of F2 (mm)                        80           80
Definition of F3 (mm)                        80           70
Definition of F4 (mm)                        10           40
Tracing regularity (mm)                      80           70

                                         After the
                                         third week
                                         of therapy
                                            (M5)

Intensity of tracing color of F1 (mm)        90
Intensity of tracing color of F2 (mm)       100
Intensity of tracing color of F3 (mm)        90
Intensity of tracing color of F4 (mm)        80
Intensity of tracing color of high           70
  frequencies (mm)
Intensity of tracing color of all            80
  spectrogram (mm)
Noise in all spectrogram (mm)                50
Noise in high frequencies (mm)               30
Definition of F1 (mm)                        80
Definition of F2 (mm)                        80
Definition of F3 (mm)                        90
Definition of F4 (mm)                        10
Tracing regularity (mm)                      80

Legend: M: moment; F: formant; mm: millimeters

Table 3. Narrow-band spectrographic evaluation in the five
stages of vocal evaluation

                                                          After the
                                      Before     After    first week
                                      surgery   surgery   of therapy
                                       (M1)      (M2)        (M3)

Intensity of tracing color of high      30        30          40
  frequencies (mm)
Intensity of tracing color of all       50        50          70
  spectrogram (mm)
Noise among harmonics (mm)              60        40          40
Noise in all spectrogram (mm)           40        40          70
Noise in high frequencies (mm)          30        30          30
Substitution of harmonics by noise      30        30          40
  in all spectrogram (mm)
Substitution of harmonics by noise      30        20          30
  in the high frequencies (mm)
Definition of harmonics (mm)            50        40          40
Regularity of tracing (mm)              50        60          70
Number of harmonics (mm)                70        40          80
Sub-harmonics (mm)                      70        70          90

                                       After the    After the
                                      second week   third week
                                      of therapy    of therapy
                                         (M4)          (M5)

Intensity of tracing color of high        40            40
  frequencies (mm)
Intensity of tracing color of all         70            50
  spectrogram (mm)
Noise among harmonics (mm)                50            50
Noise in all spectrogram (mm)             40            40
Noise in high frequencies (mm)            50            40
Substitution of harmonics by noise        30            30
  in all spectrogram (mm)
Substitution of harmonics by noise        10            20
  in the high frequencies (mm)
Definition of harmonics (mm)              70            50
Regularity of tracing (mm)                70            70
Number of harmonics (mm)                  70            40
Sub-harmonics (mm)                        90            80

Legend: M: moment; F: formant; mm: millimeter

Table 4. Vocal perceptive-analysis in the five stages
of vocal evaluation

                                                 After the
              Before surgery   After surgery   first week of
                   (M1)            (M2)        therapy (M3)

Hoarseness          2                1               1
Roughness           1                1               1
Breathiness         3                2               1
Asthenia            0                0               0
Tension             1                2               1
Instability         0                0               0

              After the second   After the third
              week of therapy    week of therapy
                    (M4)              (M5)

Hoarseness           1                  1
Roughness            1                  0
Breathiness          1                  1
Asthenia             0                  0
Tension              1                  0
Instability          0                  0

Legend: M: moment
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