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  We are currently recruiting a variety of participants for our studies at Boston University. Participants will be reimbursed $10/hour for their involvement.  Studies may involve speech, swallowing or hand and arm function.  The goal of this work is to understand the correlation between non-invasive objective measures and qualitative measures of motor function.  Please see the criteria below and contact Dr. Stepp at stepplab@gmail.com for more information about participation.   
     
  Who we are looking for
We are looking for volunteers between the ages of 4 and 100 years with no history of voice, speech, hearing, swallowing, or upper extremity disorder and no history of neurological disease or stroke.
 
We are looking for adults between the ages of 18 and 100 years who have a voice disorder related to spasmodic dysphonia or to vocal hyperfunction like vocal nodules, muscle tension dysphonia, or vocal fold polyp. 
 
We are looking for adults between the ages of 18 and 100 years who have Parkinson’s Disease.  

We are looking for volunteers between the ages of 4 and 100 years who have velopharyngeal dysfunction due to mislearning or muscle weakness. 
 
       
  You may be asked to: 
Produce speech 
Voluntarily contract your hand, arm, neck or facial muscles 
Produce dry swallows 
Fill out motor function and quality of life scales 
Listen to and rate speech samples
 
       
  The following types of data may be collected: 
Acoustics using a microphone 
Electromyography to non-invasively detect electrical signals from your muscles from the surface of the skin 
Body movement and force 
 
       
  Voice Therapy:
The Boston University Academic Speech, Language & Hearing Center will begin offering voice therapy in Fall 2014. We are currently looking for individuals with muscle tension dysphonia and/or benign fibrovascular lesions (e.g., vocal nodules, polyps, cysts) as diagnosed by a laryngologist to participate in a research-based protocol of voice therapy. Clients will commit to eight individual visits: comprehensive pre- and post-therapy evaluations that include videostroboscopic, aerodynamic, acoustic, and perceptual voice analysis and six weekly individual therapy sessions. The total fee for these eight sessions is $150; special rates are available for BU students, faculty, and staff. All participants are also eligible for an on-going research study as part of treatment, which will involve two additional, 1.5 hr experimental sessions, for which they will be reimbursed $10/hr.
For additional information please contact:
Brie Goellner, Senior Program Coordinator
goellner@bu.edu; 617-353-3188