Evaluation and Treatment of Resonance Disorders Resonance disorders can be caused by a variety of structural abnormalities in the resonating chambers for speech, or by velopharyngeal dysfunction. These abnormalities may result in hypernasality, hypo- or denasality, or cul-de-sac resonance. Resonance disorders are commonly seen in patients with craniofacial anomalies, particularly a history of cleft palate. The ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   July 01, 1996
Evaluation and Treatment of Resonance Disorders
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ann W. Kummer, PhD
    Speech Pathology Department, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039
    Director
  • Linda Lee
    University of Cincinnati, OH
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Special Populations / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Clinical Forum: Voice Disorders
Clinical Forum   |   July 01, 1996
Evaluation and Treatment of Resonance Disorders
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1996, Vol. 27, 271-281. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2703.271
History: Received January 3, 1994 , Accepted August 25, 1994
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1996, Vol. 27, 271-281. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2703.271
History: Received January 3, 1994; Accepted August 25, 1994

Resonance disorders can be caused by a variety of structural abnormalities in the resonating chambers for speech, or by velopharyngeal dysfunction. These abnormalities may result in hypernasality, hypo- or denasality, or cul-de-sac resonance. Resonance disorders are commonly seen in patients with craniofacial anomalies, particularly a history of cleft palate. The appropriate evaluation of a resonance disorder includes a speech pathology evaluation, and may require a video-fluoroscopic speech study or nasopharyngoscopy assessment. Treatment may include surgery or the use of prosthetic devices, and usually speech therapy. Given the complexity of these disorders in regard to evaluation and treatment, the patient is best served by an interdisciplinary craniofacial anomaly team.

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