Third International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications (MAVEBA 2003)

Florence, Italy
December 10-12, 2003

Application of Acoustic Analysis of Speech Signal for Evaluation of Intubation-Related Damages of the Speech Organ

Joanna Szaleniec (1), Maciej Modrzejewski (1), Wieslaw Wszolek (2)

(1) Chair of Otolaryngology, Collegium Medicum UJ, Krakow, Poland
(2) AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

Endotracheal intubation is a method commonly applied nowadays in medicine, particularly in surgical procedures carried out under general anaesthetic. It is however an invasive method which may result in many complications, including mechanical injuries of the larynx. The problem is not of purely medical nature. However from the research point of view the detailed analysis of vocal folds damages is necessary. In the present work the attention is mainly focused on the prospects of application of a dedicated acoustical analysis of the speech signal, based on professional methods of signal processing. In the field considered in the present work the objectives of the signal processing and classification are different from the usual ones (revealing the origins of the deformation and evaluation of the signal deformation level in relation to the standard. The acoustic and phonetic properties of the signal itself are essentially different from the widely known parameters of correct speech.

Index Terms. speech analysis, pathological speech, surgical treatment, speech processing

Full Paper (reprinted with permission from Firenze University Press)

Bibliographic reference.  Szaleniec, Joanna / Modrzejewski, Maciej / Wszolek, Wieslaw (2003): "Application of acoustic analysis of speech signal for evaluation of intubation-related damages of the speech organ", In MAVEBA-2003, 269-272.