alexa The Prevalence of Voice Problems in a Sample of Collegiate a Cappella Singers
ISSN: 2472-5005

Journal of Speech Pathology & Therapy
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Research Article

The Prevalence of Voice Problems in a Sample of Collegiate a Cappella Singers

Christopher R. Watts*

Professor, Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders, West Cantey, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Christopher R. Watts
Professor, Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders
West Cantey, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Tel: 817-257-7620
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: January 18, 2016; Accepted date: February 22, 2016; Published date: February 27, 2016

Citation: Watts CR (2016) The Prevalence of Voice Problems in a Sample of Collegiate a Cappella Singers. J Speech Pathol Ther 1:105. doi: 10.4172/2472-5005.1000105

Copyright: © 2016 Watts CR, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

A large number of collegiate a cappella singing groups exist on college campuses across the United States. The purpose of this study was to collect preliminary data on the frequency of reported voice problems among a sample of collegiate a cappella singers and associated demographic characteristics. Information was obtained from 72 collegiate a cappella singers from a single academic campus using a survey instrument. Results demonstrated a past or present voice problem prevalence of 36% within the sample. The data suggest that collegiate a cappella singers are at a high risk for voice problems, with a small subset manifesting a past history of benign vocal fold lesions. The information reported in this study may be of clinical relevance to vocal health professionals who treat individuals from this population.

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