Voice-related complaints and vocal and nonvocal habits of Hindustani classical singers: a questionnaire-based study

Rasika Rajiv Karulkar, Rohit Ravi, Dhanshree R. Gunjawate

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Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to profile voice-related complaints, as well as vocal and nonvocal habits among Hindustani classical singers. Method: Cross-sectional study design was used to profile voice-related complaints and vocal and nonvocal habits among Hindustani classical singers. Phase I involved developing a questionnaire for exploring vocal and nonvocal habits. Phase II involved the administration of the survey to 61 Hindustani classical singers. Results: Based on the overall findings, 41% of singers reported of at least three vocal symptoms. The most common vocal symptoms included out of breath while singing, felling tired after singing and experiencing tension or tightness in neck/shoulder. The commonly reported vocal habits included excessive phone use, loud coughing/sneezing, throat clearing and excessive speaking. A high consumption of caffeinated beverages and spicy food were also reported. Conclusion: This study helps to highlight the voice-related complaints and vocal and nonvocal habits of Hindustani classical singers. Further studies, need to explore the prevalence of voice problems incorporating other dimensions of voice evaluation such as acoustic, auditory perceptual, self-reported and laryngeal examination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalLogopedics Phoniatrics Vocology
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Speech and Hearing
  • LPN and LVN

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