As the sun’s trajectory, the North Star, and the magnetic compass are to navigation, so macrophenomenologies are to the diagnostic process that we use at our practice (see: integrative diagnostic model). Particular vocal macrophenomenologies might include things like: audible air-wasting, a three-second maximum phonation time, positive swelling checks, and latency of response. Elicited macrophenomenologies of the voice such as these, taken together, orient the examiner to a specific diagnosis.

By contrast, see microphenomenology. Also, see elicitation.