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Survey research shows many Americans are aware of importance of voice care
Date:4/15/2009

According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), the association representing America's ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors, many Americans believe that "keeping their voice healthy" is the biggest obstacle a singer on American Idol has to overcome, over dealing with the judges or overcoming stage fright. Americans also strongly agree about the steps necessary to maintaining a healthy voice. The survey results coincide with World Voice Day, which is celebrated on April 16.

In a national survey of over 1,000 American adults, participants were asked "which one of the following things do you think are the biggest obstacle a singer on American Idol has to overcome once they make it to the finals in Hollywood?" The vast majority responded that keeping a healthy voice was the most difficult obstacle:

  • 54 percent of American adults responded "keeping their voice healthy"
  • 15 percent responded "dealing with the judges"
  • 13 percent said "overcoming stage fright"
  • 12 percent said "learning and remembering words to the song"

Participants were also asked to comment on whether they thought certain steps were important to maintaining a healthy voice. Surprisingly, the three direct uses of one's voice not screaming or yelling, using a microphone, and warming up a voice were the three items viewed as less important. By contrast, more than 90 percent of Americans ranked the following steps as important: not smoking, paying attention to hoarseness in your voice, breathing appropriately, drinking plenty of water.

"In this era of e-mail, texting and even twittering, there is no substitute for the genuine qualities of the human voice," says Norman D. Hogikyan, M.D., AAO-HNS member and Professor and Chief of the Division of Laryngology, Rhinology and General Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan. "A healthy voice is not only vital to effective v
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