Speech breathing in women

J. D. Hoit, T. J. Hixon, M. E. Altman, W. J. Morgan

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Thirty healthy women representing three age groups (25, 50, and 75 years) were studied with respect to general respiratory function and speech breathing. Certain subdivisions of the lung volume differed with age: vital capacity, expiratory reserve volume, and residual volume. Speech breathing also differed with age and was characterized by differences in lung volume excursion, rib cage volume excursion, lung volume initiation, rib cage volume initiation, and lung volume expended per syllable. Age-related differences in general respiratory function and speech breathing are discussed in relation to possible underlying mechanisms. In addition, patterns of function in women are compared to those observed in men in an earlier investigation (Hoit & Hixon, 1987). Clinical implications are drawn regarding the evaluation and management of speech breathing disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-365
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Speech and Hearing Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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