Occupational voice is a work in progress: Active risk management, habilitation and rehabilitation

Debra Phyland, Anna Miles

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Purpose of reviewThe current article reviews recent literature examining occupational voice use and occupational voice disorders (January 2018-July 2019).Recent findingsOur understanding of the prevalence of voice disorders and work-related vocal use, vocal load and vocal ergonomics (environmental and person influences) across different occupations is continuing to build. There is encouraging evidence for the value of intervention programs for occupational voice users, particularly of late with performers, teachers and telemarketers. Education and prevention programs are emerging for other 'at risk' occupations.SummaryOccupational health and workforce legislation does not adequately acknowledge and guide educational, preventive and intervention approaches to occupational voice disorders. Voice disorders are prevalent in certain occupations and there is an urgent need for research to support occupational voice health and safety risk measurement, prevention and intervention. Large population-based studies are required with a focus on the health and economic burden of occupational voice disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-447
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


  • dysphonia
  • economics
  • occupational health
  • occupational voice users
  • voice

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