Professional voice users include singers, actors, entertainers and media professionals – they also include lawyers, members of the clergy, politicians, professors and teachers. All of these individuals have very unique very unique vocal demands. Due to a heavy vocal load, strenuous travel schedules, and often times long work hours, these individuals may be more prone to throat and larynx disorders.
These individuals are often best served by visiting a physician with special interest in voice disorders, or a laryngologist. Establishing rapport with a laryngologist is vital for a number of reasons. First, a baseline examination is recorded and archived so that if a problem arises appropriate actions can be taken based on a patient’s previous anatomy. Also, professional voice users often find themselves outside of the area ‘on tour’ – during these times a laryngologist may be able to forward digitally archived exams to physicians on other parts of the country or world for comparison. Lastly, if an abnormality is noted, it can be fully investigated and treated prior to causing a problem.