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** THIS STUDY MAY BE COMPLETED WHILE YOU ARE ON VACATION, BUT YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-, MID- and POST-TESTING**
VOICE (VOcal Ipad-Corrective Exercise) Study: A technology-assisted vocal exercise program (funded by UIUC’s Center on Health, Aging, & Disability)
Exercise Technology & Cognition (ETC) Laboratory Voice Research Laboratory
Dr. Sean Mullen Dr. Aaron Johnson
- Determine the effectiveness of a technology-assisted vocal exercise intervention on improving your vocal function ability to communicate.
- Determine if real-time feedback during self-guided vocal exercise is beneficial.
Vocal Function Exercises
- Set of 4 exercises, producing voice as softly as possible with an easy onset (initiation of sound), and forward placement of the tone (avoid a swallowed or dark vocal sound).
- Performed twice a day
- Eight weeks of vocal exercising, progressing from 3 days/week, to 7 days/week
What we measure before and after
- Vocal function (recording the acoustics, aerodynamics of your voice)
- Psychosocial Assessments (questionnaires)
- Cognitive Function (computer and paper-based tests)
- Balance and Biometrics (heart rate, blood pressure)
- Baseline testing (about 4 hours over two days)
- Initial vocal exercise and iPad instruction session (30-60 minutes)
- 8 weeks of self-guided vocal training with iPad support (Half will use feedback app)
- Self-tracking progress with paper log
- Weekly calls for support/check-in
- Midpoint vocal function testing (30 minute)
- Post-intervention testing (about 4 hours over two days)
*Tentative Study Timeline: 5/16/16 – 7/18/16 (rolling admission, may start earlier or later)
- Baseline testing starts ASAP
- ~June 1st: Week 1 of vocal training
- 30-minute Appointment within the week of 6/19 (study midpoint, vocal function testing)
- July 11th: Last week of vocal training
- July 18th: Post-training testing
- Improve your voice!
- Use of an iPad for the duration of the study
- $99 cash at the conclusion of the study
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