A Study to Evaluate the Effects of Voice Therapy on Cognition in the Geriatric Population


About this study

The purpose of this study is to determine if there is a relationship between cognitive status and a patient’s ability to improve vocal quality through effective participation in voice therapy – including following directions within a session and compliance with a home exercise program, and carry-over into daily phonation.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Individuals age 18 or older.
  • Diagnosis of dysphonia.
  • Stimulability for audible improvement in voicing during trial therapy probes.
  • Recommendation for at least four voice therapy sessions per speech pathologist recommendations.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Individuals below the age of 18 at initiation of therapy.
  • Uncontrolled laryngopharyngeal reflux, neurogenic speech or voice disorder.
  • Active tobacco use.
  • Undergoing any surgery requiring intubation during the course of voice therapy.
  • Inability to sign consent.


Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Jacksonville, Fla.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Amy Rutt, D.O.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Amy Rutt D.O.



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