The word "professional", which is used in daily life very often but mostly in a wrong sense, has two meanings;
Professional In Terms Of Occupation: “Professional” refers to people who do their job in order to earn a living, get a good salary and not to lose their job, but not to people who do their job unprofessionally for hobby or entertainment, or without any concern or anxiety such as earning reputation in a social environment.
Professional In Terms Of Quality: “Professional” also refers to people who do their job at the best level and at an exemplary level regardless of their profit.
Many occupational groups such as voice and theater artists, actors, politicians, teachers, lecturers, teacher aides, instructors, trainers, call center employees, announcers, bank personnel, desk clerks, salespeople, clergymen, lawyers who practice their profession with their voice or whose most important instrument they use while practicing their profession is voice, are considered as professional voice users. While some of these groups are considered professional because they earn salaries due to their work, some of them are considered as people who can practice their profession and earn money in return because they are professional in terms of quality.
Voice Disorder (Dysphonia) refers to irregular output of the voice due to the problems in the vocal cords, voice box and the larynx region comprising them, which are located in the throat area. Voice is energy. When vocal cords vibrate, they gain energy and create voice. Therefore, use of the voice is directly related to the vocal cords. Misused voice causes tissue deformations such as nodules, polyps, cysts, cancer or paralysis in the vocal cords, and as a result of these organic deformations, voice disorder occurs.
Although some of the voice disorders seen in professional voice users are caused by environmental factors or some organic diseases, it is known that they are mostly caused by long-term, incorrect intonation and forced use of the voice. Long-term and intensive use of voice alone causes voice disorders, as well as improper use and forcing of the voice causes this disorder to increase and cause serious problems.
Although the voice disorders encountered by people who use their voices at a normal level and professional voice users are generally similar or same, the probability of having such problems and negative effects on occupation is higher in professional voice users. As athletes experience more injuries in the muscles, organs and tissues they use and strain compared to non-athletes; it is so natural for professional voice users to experience voice disorders. However, while vocal disorders such as hoarseness, bifurcation, and high-pitched speech experienced by a person working in a job where voice is not effective are rarely noticed by people around them and this doesn’t prevent them from doing their work, these disorders are noticed faster in professional voice users and prevent them from doing their occupation. In addition, since the possibilities of professional voice users to rest their voices are limited compared to other people; the problem, which seems small at first, increases and becomes a serious health problem.
People with voice disorders get a hoarse, gravelly, tense, wobbling, muffled, low or high voice, breathing is felt together with their voice, their voice has an abnormal pitch; they have loss of voice or weak voice. They also try harder while speaking. Fatigue is felt due to long-use of the voice. Different voice qualities are experienced in different parts of the day. Breathing speeds up. The needs for cough and throat cleansing increase. Sore throat is experienced. Symptoms and complaints can be seen alone or together.
In fact, people who are professional in terms of occupation have an employment security and earn better if they are professional in terms of quality. Professionalism in terms of quality for professional voice users means not only doing their job well, but also being sensitive and conscious about protecting and using their voices they use to do that job. Therefore, the first step to prevent voice disorders is awareness.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of professional voice users do not take any training for correct use of the voices they use most throughout their lives, and as a result, they use their voices incorrectly and forcefully, and they underestimate the seriousness of the problem until they have an advanced-level voice problem and this problems prevents them from doing their occupation.
Professional voice users should listen to their voices constantly, knowing that they are in risky group in terms of voice disorder and voice problems, and follow changes that may occur in their voice.
Nowadays, it can be easily determined how voice disorders affect daily life by carrying out various tests such as Voice Disorder Index or GRBAS Scale which are easy to apply, cheap and require a short time, and professional voice users can be informed about whether they use their voice correctly, and thus, voice disorders can be diagnosed. Having an otolaryngologist checkup regularly without waiting to have any voice disorder will minimize the problems that may be experienced.
It is also very important to eliminate the factors that may cause voice disorders. First of all, in order to use voice correctly getting voice training will be effective. Besides that, small changes staying away from smoking and cigarette smoke, drinking plenty of water, voice rest, and also focusing on the treatment of existing diseases such as reflux and allergies will prevent voice problems from increasing.
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