Special Considerations for the Performing Voice: Perspective of the Laryngologist One of the many tasks a laryngologist is assigned to is the care of the professional voice. When discussing professional voice users, it is natural to consider performing artists such as singers, actors, voice-over artists, and broadcasters. However, this patient population includes many more groups. Clergy, attorneys, politicians, teachers, sales ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2013
Special Considerations for the Performing Voice: Perspective of the Laryngologist
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  • Kimberly Vinson
    Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Voice Center, Nashville, TN
  • Disclosure: Kimberly Vinson has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Kimberly Vinson has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
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Article   |   March 01, 2013
Special Considerations for the Performing Voice: Perspective of the Laryngologist
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2013, Vol. 23, 7-14. doi:10.1044/vvd23.1.7
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2013, Vol. 23, 7-14. doi:10.1044/vvd23.1.7

One of the many tasks a laryngologist is assigned to is the care of the professional voice. When discussing professional voice users, it is natural to consider performing artists such as singers, actors, voice-over artists, and broadcasters. However, this patient population includes many more groups. Clergy, attorneys, politicians, teachers, sales and customer service representatives, and coaches also should be considered professional voice users because their careers and livelihoods depend on the quality of their voices. The professional voice user often is a reluctant patient because he or she fears the inability to perform or that treatment, especially vocal surgery, may permanently affect his or her voice in a negative fashion. Caring for these patients requires special attention to these fears, as well as their schedules and deadlines. In this article, I will consider the management of vocal dysfunction in the performing vocal artist.

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