Vocal resistance among choir singers

Fernanda Onofre, Hilton Ricz, Yuka de Almeida Prado, Gleidy Vannesa E. Rojas, Denny Marcos Garcia, Lilian Aguiar-Ricz

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of the present study was to compare the voice of choir singers before and after 60 min of singing and after an absolute rest. Methods: Twenty-one female choir singers aged on average 26.59 years, with experience in choir singing of at least one year were instructed to emit the vowel /a/ before and after singing and after a vocal rest of 30 min for an analysis of acoustic measures, and for the evaluation of their tactile–kinesthetic self-perception. Vocal warm-up was performed for 10 min. The participants were instructed to sing the “Ave Verum” music continuously for 60 min. Results: f0 (p = 0.0001) and Flo (p = 0.0002) increased after the singing test and were reduced after the vocal rest, in contrast to Fhi (p = 0.001), which continued to be increased compared to the pre-test measure even after the vocal rest. The vAm parameter (p = 0.05) was reduced after continuous singing and rest. All self-evaluation symptoms increased after the continuous singing task and were reduced after the 30 min rest, except for complaints of low voice, pain when swallowing and cough/throat clearing. Conclusion: 60 min of continuous use of the singing voice induced signs of vocal fatigue with an increase in f0, with improvement of symptoms and a reduction of f0 occurring after 30 min of vocal rest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEuropean Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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