EVALUATION OF HAND-HELD PROSTHESES FOR SPEECH THERAPY

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
13773
Agency Tracking Number:
13773
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
8218 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD, 20814
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Jack Light
(301) 654-1111
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THIS PHASE I RESEARCH WILL DETERMINE THE EFFICACY OF A SET OF HAND-HELD PROSTHESES IN IMPROVING INTELLIGIBILITY DURING SPEECH REHABILITATION. THE PROSTHESES ARE DESIGNED TO FACILITATE ORAL CONTACTS REQUIRED FOR BILABIAL, LINGUO-ALVEOLAR, AND/OR LINGUO-VELAR PHONEMES. THE DEVICES WERE DEVELOPED TO TREAT PATIENTS WITH LINGUAL AND LABIAL DEFICITS, INCLUDING DYSARTHRIA SECONDARY TO STROKE OR HEAD TRAUMA AND, FOLLOWING LARYNGECTOMY, INSUFFICIENT AIR INJECTION CAPACITY FOR ESOPHAGEAL SPEECH. USING THE DEVICES, 15 PATIENTS WITH STROKE OR HEAD TRAUMA AND 5 LARYNGECTOMIZED PATIENTS WILL BE TREATED FOR 20 DOUBLESESSIONS. CRITERIA FOR SELECTION INCLUDE SIGNIFICANT INTELLIGIBILITY DEFICITS AFTER STABILIZATION DURING SPEECH REHABILITATION. STANDARD TESTS OF INTELLIGIBILITY WILL BE ADMINISTERED AT INTAKE AND ENDPOINTS. DIMENSIONS OF AIR INJECTION CAPACITY WILL BE ASSESSED BY OSCILLOGRAPHIC TRACINGS. SCORING WILL BE BLIND; THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SCORE CHANGES WILL BE TESTED. SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS WILL LEAD TO A CASE/CONTROL STUDY WHERETREATED CASES WILL USE THE DEVICES EARLY IN REHABILITATION. THE EXPECTATION IS FOR MORE SUCCESSFUL AND COST-EFFECTIVE REHABILITATION.

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