Ambulatory Phonation Monitor: Applications for Voice and Speech is the newest educational tool offered by KayPENTAX. This publication presents brief notes contributed by voice specialists from around the world, describing their use of the APM in research and clinical care.
The APM is a lightweight, portable device worn by patients to profile typical voice usage over a full day. The APM also provides real-time feedback, based on criteria set by the clinician, to help clients modify vocal behavior away from the clinic.
The application manual provides insights for voice and speech clinicians on the use of APM with various populations to understand vocal usage and to aid in clinical care. For example, some application notes demonstrate the role the APM can play in understanding the voice use of a high-risk group of professional voice users, as well as in identifying individuals within this profession who are at risk for vocal disorders. Although clinicians have traditionally relied on patient self-reports on their vocal behaviors, which are subjective and likely to be unreliable, the APM enables clinicians to precisely pinpoint the location and duration of abusive and/or inappropriate behaviors and to specifically target these behaviors for modification.
The APM application manual also includes case studies involving the APM feedback feature. Ambulatory feedback facilitates the continuation of improved vocal usage in patients after the new behaviors have been established in the clinic. These application notes demonstrate successful use of the APM in modifying a person’s vocal behavior. For a free copy of Ambulatory Phonation Monitor: Applications for Voice and Speech, contact your sales representative or KayPENTAX.