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Protocol - Voice Impairments - Older Adults

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Description

The Aging Voice Index (AVI) is a 23-item, self-administered questionnaire that asks individuals about the effects of their voice on their lives. The AVI asks the subject to indicate how often each situation occurs in his or her daily life from the following scale: never, rarely, sometimes, usually, or always. Each item is based on a scale of 0 to 4, and the sum of all items is the total score. The AVI’s maximum score is 92. A higher total score indicates the subject’s voice impairment has a greater impact on the quality of life.

Specific Instructions

None

Protocol

The Aging Voice Index (AVI) is a self-administered scale used to determine how age-related voice disorders affect daily life. Participants in the study were adults aged 60 years and older, with and without voice disorders. A low score from the AVI scale can be associated with no voice effect on quality of life while higher scores indicate anywhere from mild to severe effects. Since the AVI is a proprietary protocol, you must contact the lead author to obtain permission to use it.

Availability

Limited Availability

Personnel and Training Required

None

Equipment Needs

None

Requirements
Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Self-administered questionnaire

Lifestage

Adult

Participants

60 years of age and older

Selection Rationale

The Aging Voice Index (AVI) was selected because it is validated, reliable, requires little time to administer, and is easy to score and interpret.

Language

English

Standards
StandardNameIDSource
caDSR Common Data Elements (CDE) Speech Voice Impairment Aging Voice Index Assessment Score Ê 6773734 CDE Browser
Derived Variables

None

Process and Review

The Expert Review Panel #7 (ERP 7) reviewed the measures in the Speech and Hearing domain.

Guidance from ERP 7 includes the following:

  • Added a new measure
  • Created a new Data Dictionary

Protocol Name from Source

The Aging Voice Index (AVI)

Source

Etter, N. M., Hapner, E. R., Barkmeier-Kraemer, J., Gartner-Schmidt, J. L., Dressler, E. V., & Stemple, J. C. (2018). Aging Voice Index (AVI): Reliability and validity of a voice quality of life scale for older adults. Journal of Voice, pii: S0892-1997(18)30046-8.

Copyright 2018 by The Voice Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

The Aging Voice Index (AVI) is a proprietary protocol. Dr. Nicole Etter can be reached via email at nme2@psu.edu. Written correspondence can be sent to Pennsylvania State University, Attn: Dr. Nicole Etter, 404C Ford Building, University Park, PA 16802.

General References

None

Protocol ID

201302

Variables
Export Variables
Variable Name Variable IDVariable DescriptiondbGaP Mapping
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Activities
PX201302130000 I had to stop taking part in an activity more
that is important to me because of my voice problem (singing, volunteer, work, etc). show less
N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Air
PX201302040000 My voice problem causes me to run out of air more
when I talk. show less
N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Annoy
PX201302090000 It annoys me when my voice doesn't work well. N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Ask
PX201302010000 People ask, What's wrong with your voice? N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_As_Good
PX201302230000 Even though I have a voice disorder, my more
voice is as good as I want it to be. show less
N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Effort
PX201302080000 It takes effort for me to speak. N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Frustrated
PX201302030000 My voice problem frustrates me. N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Frustrated_Changes
PX201302050000 I am frustrated by the changes in my voice. N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Hindered
PX201302180000 I feel hindered (held back) because of my more
voice problem. show less
N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Judgement
PX201302110000 People make negative judgments about me more
based on my voice. show less
N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Like_Sound
PX201302200000 Even though I have a voice disorder, I like more
the way my voice sounds. show less
N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Lose_Voice
PX201302170000 I completely lose my voice. N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Others_Talk
PX201302140000 Because of my voice problem, other people more
talk for me. show less
N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Sad
PX201302160000 My voice problem makes me sad. N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Sick
PX201302060000 People think I'm sick because of my voice problem. N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Sound
PX201302150000 I don't like the way my voice sounds. N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Speak_Less
PX201302070000 Because of my voice problem, I speak less. N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Talk_Long
PX201302210000 Even though I have a voice disorder, I can more
talk as much or long as I want. show less
N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Telephone
PX201302190000 Even though I have a voice disorder, I talk more
on the telephone as much as I want. show less
N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Understand
PX201302220000 Even though I have a voice disorder, my more
family and close friends understand me when I talk. show less
N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Wants
PX201302100000 My voice problem affects what I want to do. N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impairments_Worry
PX201302120000 I worry about my voice. N/A
PX201302_Voice_Impariments_Cannot_Hear
PX201302020000 Because of my voice problem, people can't hear me. N/A
Speech, Language and Hearing
Measure Name

Voice Impairments

Release Date

June 4, 2019

Definition

This measure is a questionnaire to assess the functional, emotional, and psychosocial consequences of voice disorders.

Purpose

This measure can be used to assess the functional, emotional, and psychosocial consequences of voice disorders and the impact of an individual's voice disorder on daily activities.

Keywords

Voice, voice function, voice disorders, voice difficulties, Voice Handicap Index, VHI, emotional, psychological, speech and hearing, Aging Voice Index, AVI

Measure Protocols
Protocol ID Protocol Name
201301 Voice Impairments - Adults
201302 Voice Impairments - Older Adults
Publications

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