Bulbar deterioration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating characteristic that impairs patients’ ability to communicate, and is linked to shorter survival. The existing clinical instruments for assessing bulbar function lack sensitivity to early changes. In this paper, using a cohort of N = 65 ALS patients who provided regular speech samples for 3–9 months, we demonstrated that it is possible to remotely detect early speech changes and track speech progression in ALS via automated algorithmic assessment of speech collected digitally.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Health Informatics
- Health Information Management
- Computer Science Applications