Resonance Problems in Parkinsons Disease

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Resonance problems are not common in PD, but when they are present, the voice often sounds like a foghorn. The acoustic and physiologic nature of this phenomenon is not clear, and perceptually, it is difficult to determine whether the voice is hypernasal or hyponasal. Aerodynamic and kinematic studies suggest that velopharyngeal movements may be reduced in some of these individuals (22,52,56). Abnormal tongue posture may also contribute to the resonance in parkinsonian speech. The abnormal resonance may also reflect motor symptoms not directly caused by PD such as pharmacologically induced dystonic or dyskinetic movements of the velopharyngeal and/or tongue muscles.

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