Vocal tasks

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These are the standard set of tasks that comprise the Vocal Capabilities examination.

Reading task — assessment of the comfortable speaking pitch

Maximum phonation time — amount of time phonation sustained on one breath at comfortable speaking pitch

Pitch range - low — assessment of the lower vocal range and lowest notes produced at any volume

Pitch range - high — assessment of the lower vocal range and lowest notes produced at any volume

Loud volume — assessment of vibration at high subglottic pressure

Vegetative sounds — assessment of percussive glottic closure

Swelling tests — assessment of low volume upper range

Neurologic findings — listening for tremor, spasms, weakness

Respiratory findings — listening for noise or vocal cord entrainment during breathing