Rheometers, Bioreactors, and Vocalization Forces: Using Basic Science Investigations to Help the Voices of Teachers Collaborative studies at the University of Iowa and the National Center for Voice and Speech aim to help the voices of teachers. Investigators study how cells and tissues respond to vibration doses simulating typical vocalization patterns of teachers. A commercially manufactured instrument is uniquely modified to support cell and tissue ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2008
Rheometers, Bioreactors, and Vocalization Forces: Using Basic Science Investigations to Help the Voices of Teachers
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Sarah Klemuk
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
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Article   |   November 01, 2008
Rheometers, Bioreactors, and Vocalization Forces: Using Basic Science Investigations to Help the Voices of Teachers
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2008, Vol. 18, 119-125. doi:10.1044/vvd18.3.119
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2008, Vol. 18, 119-125. doi:10.1044/vvd18.3.119
Abstract

Collaborative studies at the University of Iowa and the National Center for Voice and Speech aim to help the voices of teachers. Investigators study how cells and tissues respond to vibration doses simulating typical vocalization patterns of teachers. A commercially manufactured instrument is uniquely modified to support cell and tissue growth, to subject tissues to vocalization-like forces, and to measure viscoelastic properties of tissues. Through this basic science approach, steps toward safety limits for vocalization and habilitating rest periods for professional voice users will be achieved.

Acknowledgment
This work was supported by NIH Grant No. DC004224 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
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