Transmasculine people's voice function based on data from 50 participants

Background

In the last 15 years, there has been a steady increase in voice research conducted with transmasculine people assigned female sex at birth but who do not identify with this classification. Most studies have focused on... [ view full abstract ]

Aim(s)

To investigate voice function, voice problems and voice satisfaction in transmasculine people during 2 years of testosterone treatment. [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

Fifty transmasculine persons (aged 18-64 years) with a confirmed diagnosis of gender dysphoria agreed to participate in the study. Voice data were collected before the start of testosterone treatment and after 3, 6, 12, 18 and... [ view full abstract ]

Methods

The following variables were extracted: Participants’ self-ratings of satisfaction with voice and voice problems experienced during speech, lowest and highest F0 (from SRP and VRP), habitual speaking range and physiological... [ view full abstract ]

Results

Voice satisfaction increased significantly up to 6 months during testosterone treatment. Twenty-four percent of the participants reported voice problems i.e. vocal instability, strained voice and hoarseness. Limited pitch... [ view full abstract ]

Conclusion

About a fourth of the participants reported problems with their voice function and a majority of the participants had restrictions in the areas pitch variability/ range, and vocal power. Therefore, we strongly recommend... [ view full abstract ]

Authors

Ulrika Nygren (Karolinska University Hospital, Functional Area Speech and Language Pathology, SE-171 76 Stockholm, Sweden), David Azul (Discipline of Speech Pathology, Department of Community and Allied Health, La Trobe Rural Health School, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Bendigo, VIC, Australia), Maria Sodersten (Karolinska University Hospital, Functional Area Speech and Language Pathology, SE-171 76 Stockholm, Sweden)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Voice and communication

Session

OS-1E » Voice & Communication I (14:00 - Thursday, 6th April, Adriatic)

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