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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the short term effect of hubble-bubble smoking on voice.Study design:Prospective study. Eighteen non-dysphonic subjects (seven men and 11 women) with a history of hubble-bubble smoking and no history of cigarette smoking underwent acoustic analysis and laryngeal video-stroboscopic examination before and 30 minutes after hubble-bubble smoking. On laryngeal video-stroboscopy, none of the subjects had vocal fold erythema either before or after smoking. Five patients had mild vocal fold oedema both before and after smoking. After smoking, there was a slight increase in the number of subjects with thick mucus between the vocal folds (six, vs four before smoking) and with vocal fold vessel dilation (two, vs one before smoking). Acoustic analysis indicated a drop in habitual pitch, fundamental frequency and voice turbulence index after smoking, and an increase in noise-to-harmonics ratio. Even 30 minutes of hubble-bubble smoking can cause a drop in vocal pitch and an increase in laryngeal secretions and vocal fold vasodilation.
    The Journal of Laryngology & Otology 01/2011; 125(5):486-91. · 0.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of our investigation was to evaluate the laryngeal findings and acoustic changes in hubble-bubble smokers. A total of 42 subjects with history of hubble-bubble smoking were recruited for this study. A corresponding group with a history of cigarette smoking and controls were matched. All subjects underwent laryngeal video-endostroboscopic evaluation and acoustic analysis. In the hubble-bubble smoking group, 61.9% were males. The average age was 30.02 +/- 9.48 years and the average number of years of smoking was 8.09 +/- 6.45 years. Three subjects had dysphonia at the time of examination. The incidence of benign lesions of the vocal folds in the hubble-bubble group was 21.5%, with edema being the most common at 16.7% followed by cyst at 4.8%. The incidence of laryngeal findings was significantly higher in the hubble-bubble group compared to controls. In the cigarette-smoking group, the most common finding was vocal fold cyst in 14.8% followed by polyps in 7.4%, and edema, sulcus vocalis and granuloma. These findings were not significantly different from the hubble-bubble group except for the thick mucus, which was significantly higher in the latter. There were no significant changes in any of the acoustic parameters between hubble-bubble smokers and controls except for the VTI and MPT, which were significantly lower in the hubble-bubble group. In comparison with the cigarette-smoking group, hubble-bubble smokers had significantly higher Fundamental frequency and habitual pitch (p value 0.042 and 0.008, respectively). The laryngeal findings in hubble-bubble smokers are comparable to cigarette smokers. These laryngeal findings are not translated acoustically, as all the acoustic parameters are within normal range compared to controls.
    Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 10/2010; 267(10):1587-92. · 1.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to study how fasting between 12 and 14 hours affects voice production. This is a prospective study of male subjects. A total of 26 healthy male subjects were recruited for the study. The age varied between 22 and 50 years with a mean of 28 years. Exclusion criteria included hoarseness at the time of presentation, history of recent upper respiratory tract infection, or microlaryngeal surgery. Subjects were evaluated while fasting and nonfasting. Each subject was asked about vocal fatigue and ease of phonation. This was followed by acoustic analyses and laryngeal videostroboscopy. The incidence of vocal fatigue was not higher while fasting compared to nonfasting (P = 1.00). Phonatory effort was significantly greater during fasting (P < .001). Fifty percent of the subjects had an increase in their phonatory effort. There was a significant decrease in the habitual pitch, voice turbulence index, and noise-to-harmonic ratio (P = .018, .045, and .001, respectively). There were no laryngeal videostroboscopic changes. Fasting in males results in an increase in phonatory effort. These phonatory changes may be secondary to dehydration as well as overall neuromuscular fatigability.
    American journal of otolaryngology 04/2010; 32(2):124-9. · 0.77 Impact Factor