Navigation Links
Beatboxing poses little risk of injury to voice
Date:12/23/2013

You might think that beatboxing, with its harsh, high-energy percussive sounds, would be harder on the voice than the sweet song of a soprano. But according to new research by voice expert Dr. H. Steven Sims of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, beatboxing may actually be gentler on the injury-prone vocal cords. His findings were published Dec. 23 online in the Journal of Voice.

"While there are lots of data on how the voice is used and can be injured in singers, little is known about the structures involved in beatboxing and if it poses a risk of injury to the vocal tract," said Sims, UIC associate professor of otolaryngology and director of the Chicago Institute for Voice Care at UI Health.

Beatboxing, which first became popular in the 1980s, is a type of vocal percussion in which performers imitate drum sounds with the voice, often accompanied by rapping or singing. The number of amateur performers taking part in national and international competitions is increasing.

Sims imaged the vocal tracts of four male beatbox artists using a flexible fiber optic endoscope threaded through the nose and positioned just above the vocal apparatus. Another camera recorded the artists as they performed various isolated and combination beatbox sounds. Side by side, the videos show which vocal structures are engaged as the artists riff. Videos can be viewed at http://youtu.be/CzIILtatj-o

Sims found that beatboxers use the whole vocal tract to produce a range of sounds, spreading the energy among several structures and minimizing wear on any single part. They also tended to keep the glottis the space between the vocal cords open.

"Keeping the glottis open means that beatboxing may actually be protective of the vocal folds," Sims said. The beatboxers also employed the pharyngeal muscles to elongate the vocal tract to produce higher pitch sounds, Sims said, which takes some stress off the vocal cords.

"Singers rely almost exclusively on the vocal cords themselves to produce their sounds," Sims said. "So all the energy involved with singing is concentrated on these structures, which can develop scar tissue with overuse." Sims says that some of the techniques beatboxers use could help singers relieve stress on their vocal cords. For instance, using muscles to elongate the vocal tract, he said, could help singers "get themselves a little closer to that high note, before engaging the vocal folds."

The technique could be useful for Broadway singers who have up to eight shows a week and need to compete in sound volume with an orchestra. Sims hopes to follow up this research by studying female beatboxers.

"Women use their voices differently, in part because their larynxes are smaller and are shaped differently than men's. So the results could be very interesting."


'/>"/>

Contact: Sharon Parmet
sparmet@uic.edu
773-519-0404
University of Illinois at Chicago
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Fibroids Miracle Review Exposes A New Natural And Holistic Treatment For Fibroids – HealthReviewCenter
2. Truth about Cellulite: Review Published by ReviewedToday.org Exposes Inside Tips on the Kick Butt Cellulite Redux from Joey Atlas
3. The Cruise Control Diet: Review Exposes James Ward’s Effortless Fat Loss Secret
4. Critical Bench: Review Exposes Mike Westerdal’s Muscle and Strength Building Program
5. Venus Factor: Review Published by ReviewedToday.org Exposes John Barban’s Weight Loss Program for Women
6. Top Feast Your Fat Away Review Exposes Nate Mikyaki’s New Permanent Fat Loss Method
7. The Venus Factor Review Exposes the Simplest Method for Body Transformation
8. High Performance Handbook Review Exposes Effective Training System
9. Tinnitus Miracle Treatment Review Exposes the Fastest Way to Cure Tinnitus Naturally
10. Pregnancy Miracle Review Exposes Safe and Fast Treatment for Infertility
11. Nasal Polyps Treatment Miracle Review Exposes Manuel Richard’s Natural Approach to Healing Nasal Polyps
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Beatboxing poses little risk of injury to voice
(Date:3/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... ( http://www.hygieacare.com ) announced their partnership to prep patients for colonoscopy at the ... Endoscopy Centers in 87th Ave., Miami, FL. , The HyGIeaCare® Prep, ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... Frederick, Maryland (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 ... ... LLC, is the first Certified Medical Reiki™ Master in Frederick, MD. Judy says, ... and their caregivers during what is often a very difficult and challenging time.” ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... “End Time GPS”: a dauntless and ... “End Time GPS” is the creation of published author, Wesley Gerboth, a World ... military munitions and space-vehicle projects. Now, at age ninety-one, he shares the Wisdom God ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... , ... “The Communion of Saints: A Pastor’s Potpourri of ... across the United States. “The Communion of Saints” is the creation of ... congregations in seven states throughout his long career of devotion to the church. ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Greensboro, NC & Seattle, WA (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 ... ... international public health emergency and now estimates that there could be four million Zika-related ... fastest growing epidemics to date with numbers of US cases reported per year skyrocketing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... 23, 2017  HealthMine surveys with 9,250 insured consumers ... health plan members want help from their plans in ... in their health, 2) help closing gaps in care, ... health and 5) relevant, real-time guidance. Meeting these needs ... costs. A Reason to Stay ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global ... report to their offering. ... The Global Cryostat Market is poised to grow at ... approximately $3.5 billion by 2025. This industry report analyzes ... global as well as regional levels presented in the research scope. ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... LONDON , March 23, 2017 ... comprehensive research report created through extensive primary research ... research, the report aims to present the analysis ... basis of Procedure (Replacement and Repair); Replacement Procedure ... (TAVR)), Repair By Technique (Surgical Devices, Balloon Valvuloplasty, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: