The Effect of Scientific Research on the Clinical Application of the Nasometer The Nasometer has become a valuable clinical tool in the identification and treatment of resonance disorders. This noninvasive instrument is a microcomputer-based system that measures the amount of oral and nasal acoustic energy in speech. The computer calculates a nasalance score, which can be used as objective data to compare ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 1999
The Effect of Scientific Research on the Clinical Application of the Nasometer
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  • Mary K. Berger
    University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor, MI
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Article   |   November 01, 1999
The Effect of Scientific Research on the Clinical Application of the Nasometer
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, November 1999, Vol. 9, 6-7. doi:10.1044/ssod9.1.6
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, November 1999, Vol. 9, 6-7. doi:10.1044/ssod9.1.6
The Nasometer has become a valuable clinical tool in the identification and treatment of resonance disorders. This noninvasive instrument is a microcomputer-based system that measures the amount of oral and nasal acoustic energy in speech. The computer calculates a nasalance score, which can be used as objective data to compare the subject to normative values and for comparison of pre-operative and post-operative outcomes. This data serves to supplement the perceptual judgments made by the experienced clinician and the findings from direct observation of the velopharyngeal port. The results factor in determining the most appropriate course of intervention or the success of treatment outcomes whether via speech therapy, surgery or prosthetic management. As a practicing clinician evaluating craniofacial patients, the importance of reviewing the scientific literature as it relates to the application of this instrument is key to the correct selection and interpretation of the data.
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