Acoustic Characteristics Of Turkish Speaking Children Ages Between 4 And 14 Years Old
Akmese, Pelin Pistav
Kayikci, Mavis Emel Kulak
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Purpose: The present study aims to establish and characterize the pediatric acoustic values of native Turkish-speaking children and the relationship of those measures with physical characteristics like height and weight. Material and Methods: This study included 203 individuals aged between 4 to 14 years. Results: It was found that despite the slight variations in the voice parameters of 4-to-14-year old children who had normal development, the principal change started after 8 years of age in boys and 10 years of age in girls, the fundamental frequency started to decrease in both sexes after those ages. Male and female children showed statistically significant levels of differentiation in voice characteristics beginning as of 13 years of age. Discussion: It is considered that the normative data obtained from 4 to 14 years of age native Turkish speakers could be used to determine the voice disorders of children.