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Managing the Speaking Environment

Types of speaking environments The Department of Education, Victoria, Australia (DET, 2000), recommends that if you use your voice extensively in the following environments (at work or outside of work), you will likely benefit from arranging for changes to be made to these environments and/or from being…

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Effective Voice Production

Three concerns Effective voice production involves at least three things: an appropriate breathing technique to provide the air support required to produce speech (diaphragmatic breathing) easy onset of the vibration of the vocal folds when speaking projecting the voice effortlessly without any strain…

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Improving Vocal Habits

Scope This article provides advice on how to minimize inefficient or harmful vocal habits. Eliminating vocal misuse and abuse Generally, vocal misuse and abuse refers to using the voice in potentially harmful ways and/or exposing the voice to potentially damaging situations, medications, and similar. For…

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Voice Production

What is voice? In simple terms, the sound produced in the larynx by the vibration of the vocal folds (vocal cords) is the voice. Certain speech sounds are voiced by this vibration. When the vocal folds are apart they are said to be…

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Symptoms and Causes of Functional Dysphonia

Symptoms of functional dysphonia There are a variety of symptoms associated with functional dysphonia and these differ from person to person. However, those listed below are fairly typical. Of course, you don’t have to experience each one of these to be experiencing a functional voice difficulty.

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Functional Dysphonia

That happens to me! Indicate the extent to which the following statements apply to you. Use a scale of 1 – 5, where 1 = ‘never’ and 5 = ‘every time I use my voice’. My voice is hoarse / husky / rough / croaky My voice…

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Goal Setting Form Voice Difficulties

Preliminary questions Is my voice difficulty a direct control issue, i.e. is it an issue involving my own behavior that I can do something about? If so, what can I do about this? Is my voice difficulty an indirect control issue, i.e.

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Voice Disorders

Voice disorders are classified as organic, psychogenic or functional. Structural, psychological or physiological impairments affect acoustic features of the voice. Affected features include: pitch, loudness, resonance, quality and flexibility. These impairments lead to aphonia or dysphonia. This article provides examples of common voice disorders.

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