Diagnosis and Treatment for the Professional Singer Experts use the term “professional voice users” to denote the segment of the population for whom the voice is used as a primary tool of their occupation. In the United States, this term applies to a staggering 25–35% of the national workforce (Titze, Lemke, & Montequin, 1997; Wingate, Brown, Shrivastav, ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2013
Diagnosis and Treatment for the Professional Singer
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Brian E. Petty
    Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, Emory Voice Center, Emory University, School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • Disclosure: Brian E. Petty has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Brian E. Petty has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
  • Author's note: Portions of this article were published previously in chapter format in the text Clinical Voice Disorders, 3rd Edition, Arnold E. Aronson and Diane Bless, Eds. (Thieme, 2009)
    Author's note: Portions of this article were published previously in chapter format in the text Clinical Voice Disorders, 3rd Edition, Arnold E. Aronson and Diane Bless, Eds. (Thieme, 2009)×
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Article   |   March 01, 2013
Diagnosis and Treatment for the Professional Singer
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2013, Vol. 23, 15-21. doi:10.1044/vvd23.1.15
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2013, Vol. 23, 15-21. doi:10.1044/vvd23.1.15

Experts use the term “professional voice users” to denote the segment of the population for whom the voice is used as a primary tool of their occupation. In the United States, this term applies to a staggering 25–35% of the national workforce (Titze, Lemke, & Montequin, 1997; Wingate, Brown, Shrivastav, Davenport, & Sapienza, 2007). Professional singers are a highly visible and specialized cohort within the population of professional voice users and can present an unusual but not insurmountable challenge for physicians and speech-language pathologists charged with their voice care.

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