Spasmodic dysphonia (SD) is a voice disorder that leads to strained or choked speech. SD is unresponsive to speech therapy. There is no cure for SD. Preliminary work from our group showed that voice quality in SD improves when vibro-tactile stimulation (VTS) is applied over the larynx as a non-invasive form of neuromodulation. The goal of this paper is to describe the design and development of a non-invasive wearable device, which applies VTS to laryngeal muscles with the aim to improve voice quality of individuals with SD. This paper provides preliminary data about the effectiveness of this wearable device for treating the voice symptoms associated with SD.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Frontiers in Biomedical Devices, BIOMED - 2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2019|
|Publisher||American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)|
|State||Published - 2019|
|Event||2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2019 - Minneapolis, United States|
Duration: Apr 15 2019 → Apr 18 2019
|Name||Frontiers in Biomedical Devices, BIOMED - 2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2019|
|Conference||2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2019|
|Period||4/15/19 → 4/18/19|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Previous and ongoing support for this project through the University of Minnesota's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and NIH 1 R21 DC014315 to Juergen Konczak.
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- Medical device
- Vibro-tactile stimulation