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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2013 Aug;122(8):511-9.

Voice symptoms and voice-related quality of life in college students.

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  • 1Department of Health Science, Brigham Young University, 229 A Richards Building, Provo, UT 84602, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence of voice disorders in college students and their effect on the students as shown by quality-of-life indicators.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional survey was completed by 545 college students in 2012. The survey included 10 questions from the Voice-Related Quality of Life (V-RQOL), selected voice symptoms, and quality-of-life indicators of functional health and well-being based on the Short Form 36-item Health Survey (SF-36).

RESULTS:

Twenty-nine percent of the college students (mean age, 22.7 years) reported a history of a voice disorder. Hoarseness was the most prevalent voice symptom, but was not correlated with V-RQOL scores. A wobbly or shaky voice, throat dryness, vocal fatigue, and vocal effort explained a significant amount of variance on the social-emotional and physical domains of the V-RQOL index (p < 0.05). Voice symptoms limited emotional and physical functioning as indicated by SF-36 scores.

CONCLUSIONS:

Voice disorders significantly influence psychosocial and physical functioning in college students. These findings have important implications for voice-care services in this population.

PMID:
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