Research

cropped-vbalhead840.pngUsing Dr. Hunter’s background in physics, acoustics and biomechanics, V-BAL is focused on examining all aspects of the voice mechanism and production, including but not limited to:

  1. The physiology and biomechanics of the laryngeal system;
  2. The acoustics of voice production;
  3. The effects of acoustic sound propagation in a room on listener; and
  4. The effects on vocal health of vocal physiology, biomechanics, acoustics and behavior.

Under Dr. Hunter’s direction, post-doctoral researchers, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, assist in recording, analyzing, and modeling voice production. In addition to the standard voice measurement tools (e.g., EGG, aerodynamic, microphones), the V-BAL laboratory has several more unique items, including spirometers, ambulatory monitors (heart rhythm), accelerometers, and devices to capture breathing, skin temperature, and blood flow. The laboratory houses a large double-walled sound booth, and has access to the department’s anechoic and reverberation chambers.

Funding for V-BAL has come from various national and private agencies including the National Institutes of Health and Trifecta.