Date of Award
Master of Arts
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Dr. Clyde R. Willis
Dr. Frank Newman
Dr. Nickola Nelson
Dr. John Hanley
Masters Thesis-Open Access
It is the purpose of this study to provide a descriptive analysis of 13 patients who have undergone a modified pharyngeal flap surgery completed by one plastic surgeon. Variables associated with the speech of these individuals were based on four measures, including a questionnaire, the Iowa Pressure Articulation Test, the screening portion of the Templin-Darley Test of Articulation, and listener ratings of audio-taped post-surgical speech samples.
Of the eight subject variables studied, two variables were found to be closely associated with speech results. These variables included number of surgeries performed on subjects and number of years in speech therapy. The rating scales were also found to be effective instruments for the measurement of hypernasal resonance and nasal emission. Information gathered in this study would be helpful to others who seek to evaluate the effects on speech of individuals who have undergone various surgical interventions for the improvement of speech articulation and intelligibility.
Zalewski, "Speech Results Following Modified Pharyngeal Flap Surgery" (1984). Master's Theses. 1573.