lingWAVES Nasality is a new high technology module within the lingWAVES voice and speech system for professional users. It is non-invasive and measures and gives feedback about the presence of nasality in speech production. It measures the degree of velopharyngeal opening during voiced speech – also known as nasalance.
Compared to other traditional systems which have some form of plate separation between the mouth and nose, lingWAVES Nasality uses a new dual wall cushion nose mask with a lightweight durable flexitube for a higher acoustic separation between nose and mouth signal. It also uses an Nasalance improved nasalance measurement algorithm.
lingWAVES Nasality with real time biofeedback display of nasalance. The norm data levels for nasalance can easily be adjusted for users depending on individual language and clinical needs.d
The lingWAVES Nasality mask is simple and intuitive for patients to fit and comfortable to wear with an under-eye frame providing a clear line of sight. Self-aligning easy click clips secure the headgear easily. A removable cushion can be easily cleaned af-ter each session and is available for different nose sizes.
The insufficiency of velopharyngeal closure during vowels and sonorants that causes nasal resonance can be estimated and displayed for evaluation or biofeedback in speech training of the nasalance of the voice, with nasalance defined as a ratio of acoustic energy at the nares or nostrils to that at the mouth. lingWAVES Nasality offers both real time biofeedback and measurement and display of pre-post trends.
This picture shows a client’s reading of a standard text with a higher degree of velopharyngeal opening. Colored label in time signal show the occurrence of nasalance. The results for the automatic nasalance calculation of the recent session as well as trend of different sessions can be seen at the bottom.
After starting the module, users can dis-play clients’ nasalance level in real time represented by colored bar graph and sagittal head view for biofeedback exercises. This gives an clear and intuitive display for moni-toring velopharyngeal activity during speech.
By switching to a measurement/trend dis-play, users are able to record clients’ speech (e.g. syllable/word repetitions, passages, SNAP test for kids or any other internationally used standardized speech norm data). The application automatically calculates an instant. easily interpretable and objective nasalance score for the whole recording or manually labeled parts of it. The nasal signal can be played back for clinical assessment.
SNAP test procedure. Record all repetitions, prolonged sounds, picture-cued subtest and reading passages in one session and easily measure nasalance for your protocol.
Compared to other tools on the market, lingWAVES Nasality is created for international use – nasalance level can be set for language/country specific norms.
lingWAVES Nasality includes a nose mask with high quality recording hardware for best and most reliable analysis results. A hi-fi USB sound interface with two Lavalier microphones ensures best recordings.
Reading passage with high degree of nasalization based on a standard text.
Reading passage with mixed oral-nasal sounds
Reading passage without any nasal sounds.
lingWAVES Nasality is available as single product or upgrade for other suites.