Comparability of Computer-Supported Concurrent Voice Analysis

Folia Phoniatr Logop. 2015;67(1):8-14. doi: 10.1159/000381094. Epub 2015 Apr 29.


Objective: The assessment of vocal ability parameters can be made easier and more objective by computer-supported analysis systems. For this, multiple commercially available systems exist. But how strongly do the measured results of one method differ from the results of another and is the evaluation result of one method replaceable by or directly comparable with another?

Patients and methods: 15 women aged 20-55 years and 15 men aged 18-56 years took part in this prospective study. The programs lingWAVES and rpSzene® were compared for the results of jitter, shimmer and glottal-to-noise excitation ratio. Correlation coefficients, Youden plots and Bland-Altman plots were calculated to make the comparison.

Results: For both systems, none of the values were in accordance with a normal distribution. The results of the two programs did not produce satisfactory consistency.

Conclusions: In this study, absolute equivalency in the recording was ensured by the simultaneous recording of the voice signal and subsequent analysis with two different voice analysis methods. Nevertheless, the results varied so much that they cannot be compared properly. To reach a comparability of voice analyses, it is necessary to develop perturbation measurements which guarantee good clinical applicability and comparability between different analysis systems.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation*
  • Software*
  • Sound Spectrography / instrumentation*
  • Sound Spectrography / methods*
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Voice Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Young Adult