29 Aug '16, 5pm

Wearable from MIT Detects Abnormal Vocal Behaviors

Human speech is a function most of us take for granted. But one in 14 working-age Americans struggle with voice disorders caused by abnormal vocal behaviors. These behaviors, which are not well-understood, can cause damage to vocal cord tissues and lead to the formation of nodules or polyps that interfere with normal speech. A team of researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Massachusetts General Hospital utilized accelerometer data collected through a wearable device to detect differences between subjects with muscle tension dysphonia and control subjects. After receiving voice therapy, patients with MTD exhibited behavior that was more similar to that of the control subjects, said a statement from MIT. “We believe this approach could help detect disorders that are exacerbated by vocal misuse and help to empirically measure the im...

Full article: https://www.pddnet.com/news/2016/08/wearable-mit-detects-...

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