The vocal symptoms and habits of professional voice users. BACKGROUND/AIM : Professional voice users are
a heterogeneous group of professionals at risk of developing vocal problems throughout their careers. Although this
population is generally known to be at risk due to high vocal demands, limited is known about the vocal hygiene
knowledge, and the occurrence of vocal symptoms. This risk is influenced by personal habits and other factors. The
purpose of this study was to assess these factors and detect potential differences between subgroups of professional voice
users, specifically teachers, professional actors, and student musical theater actors.
MATERIAL AND METHODS : Forty-nine participants (17 teachers, 19 actors, and 13 student actors) were included in this study
through convenience sampling. Questionnaires were used to evaluate vocal hygiene, habits, symptoms, and influencing
factors in each group.
RESULTS : The questionnaires revealed an overall high prevalence of vocally violent behaviour in all three subgroups,
with a higher occurrence in the student actors. Vocal complaints were present in each subgroup, and more vocal tract
discomfort was reported relative to non-professional voice users described in other studies. The mean VHI score was
10.16, with a score of 9.94 for the teachers, 6.53 for the actors, and 15.77 for the student actors.
CONCLUSION : There is a lack of vocal hygiene among professional voice users. Vocally abusive habits and an adverse
occupational environment are major risk factors for the development of dysphonia, with potentially devastating
consequences. More attention must be paid to the prevention of voice disorders in these populations.
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