From Reactive Intervention to Proactive Prevention: The Evolution of Occupational Dysphonia Voice clinicians long have been aware of the concept of professional voice users: individuals who work in professions that have a higher incidence and increased risk for voice disorders. This realization, coupled with the documented impact of work-related dysphonia on the economy, has resulted in a growing international interest in ... Article
Article  |   July 2011
From Reactive Intervention to Proactive Prevention: The Evolution of Occupational Dysphonia
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ruth Epstein
    Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital and Ear Institute, University CollegeLondon, UK
  • Angélique Remacle
    University of LiègeLiège, Belgium
  • Dominique Morsomme
    University of Liège and University Hospital of LiègeLiège, Belgium
  • © 2011 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody
Article   |   July 2011
From Reactive Intervention to Proactive Prevention: The Evolution of Occupational Dysphonia
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2011, Vol. 21, 48-55. doi:10.1044/vvd21.2.48
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2011, Vol. 21, 48-55. doi:10.1044/vvd21.2.48

Voice clinicians long have been aware of the concept of professional voice users: individuals who work in professions that have a higher incidence and increased risk for voice disorders. This realization, coupled with the documented impact of work-related dysphonia on the economy, has resulted in a growing international interest in developing occupational health benchmarks for voice use, similar to other standards developed for work-related factors such as noise-induced hearing loss. In this article, we review current perspectives and examine some issues related to occupational vocal health.

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