Use of laryngeal sound recordings to monitor apnea

Am Rev Respir Dis. 1980 Nov;122(5):797-801. doi: 10.1164/arrd.1980.122.5.797.


Laryngeal sounds are produced by air flow across the glottis. We found that apnea could be identified by the cessation of laryngeal sounds during continuous monitoring. We recorded laryngeal sounds using a microphone coupled to a stethoscope head taped to the subject's lateral neck. This signal was conditioned using a commercially available amplifier and displayed on a time-based recorder. Laryngeal sound monitoring of apnea could be useful in sleep studies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Larynx
  • Pulmonary Ventilation
  • Respiratory Sounds / diagnosis*
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / diagnosis*