Prevalence of voice problems among preschoolers (3.5-5.5years) in yemmiganur town (andhra pradesh)

The aim of the study was to find out the prevalence of voice problems among preschoolers in Yemmiganur town of Andhra Pradesh. 320 subjects were grouped equally into 2 subgroups 3.5-4.5 and 4.5-5.5years from anganwadis and private schools randomly. The study involved two phases, qualitative and quantitative assessment. For qualitative assessment the questionnaire called Functional Indicators of Voice Problems (FIVP) was constructed which had 20 questions, grouped into 4 major domains. Questionnaire was given to parents and teachers, their responses were considered .Quantitative assessment included acoustic analysis of phonation samples. The periodic prevalence was calculated. Out of the 320 subjects children who participated in the study from Yemmiganur town in Andhra Pradesh, 71 children were identified to have deviant voices and the periodic prevalence was estimated as 22%. Among the 71 subjects identified with deviant voices, 51% were males and 49% were females. When periodic prevalence was checked for deviant voices across school setup, it was found that 42% of these subjects were from government and 57% were from private.

Karem Prathibha, Yeshoda, K. and Sudharani, K.
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