- A smartphone application that delivers and monitors home practice for a strongly evidence-based voice therapy program.
According to the Speech-Language-Hearing Association, voice disorders are present in 3-9% of adults in the United States, with prevalence being higher in elderly individuals. Vocal function exercises (VFEs) are proven therapeutic options for individuals with voice disorders. In addition to improving speech, VFEs can improve a patient’s emotional and mental well-being. However, it is difficult for patients to adhere to VFEs outside of a clinical setting, so there is a need to develop options to help patients complete daily VFEs.
Developed at the University of Kentucky, this product is a smartphone application that delivers and monitors home practice for a strongly evidence-based voice therapy programs, VFEs. In addition, this app provides videos of each exercise performed by trained clinicians and the ability for the patient to record their attempts for a clinician to review. This app has been beta-tested in a clinical trial and the second phase of app testing has been completed.
- Developed for use on a smartphone
- May increase patient adherence to VFEs
- Ability to store and transmit data regarding patient usage
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