How to Prevent Hoarseness (Dysphonia)

What is Dysphonia?

Altered vocal quality, pitch, loudness, or vocal effort that impairs communication as assessed by a clinician and/or affects quality of life.

Who is at Greatest Risk for Developing Dysphonia (Hoarseness)?

Individuals who professionally use their voices such as singers, teachers, and call-center operators, certain age groups including children, older persons, and smokers.

What Preventive Measures Can Help Reduce Voice Disorders?


Adapted from Stachler RJ, Francis DO, Schwartz SR et al. Clinical Practice Guideline: Hoarseness (Dysphonia) (Update). Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018; 158(1 Suppl):S1-S42.

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