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Laboratory for the Study of Upper Airway Dysfunction

UAD Lab presents at ASHA 2017

Members of the UAD Lab headed to the 2017 American Speech Language Hearing Association annual convention. This year’s convention took place in Los Angeles, CA, November 9-11, 2017. The UAD Lab were proud to be represented by PhD candidate Akila Rajappa during a motor speech disorder flash technical session. Akila presented the results from a collaboration between herself, Dr. Michelle Troche, Karen Sung and Dr. Jessica Huber entitled “Use of Speech Vive via Telehealth Delivery Model for Hypophonia in Parkinson's Disease: Pilot Study”. This research tested the effects of intervention with the SpeechVive device via mobile telehealth on speech outcomes in Parkinson’s disease. Intervention included daily use of SpeechVive and weekly treatment via telehealth. Patients demonstrated significant improvements in loudness and rate following treatment. It was concluded that SpeechVive via a telehealth platform is a feasible and functional approach for treatment of speech deficits in Parkinson’s disease.  The UAD lab looks forward to continued collaborations with Dr. Huber.