What is the rate of incidence for voice disorders?

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Voice disorders can affect all people of all ages and are fairly common conditions. Certain types of voice disorders (and their underlying causes) are more typical of certain groups of people, however. For instance, singers, speakers, and children often overuse their voices and can consequently develop voice disorders. Smokers put themselves at greater risk of developing laryngitis and throat cancer, both conditions which can result in voice disorders. Older persons may develop voice disorders as a result of vocal chord atrophy, a condition which is unlikely to affect children. Because there are so many contributing causes of voice disorders, the rate of incidence for voice disorders in general is fairly high.

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Voice Disorders

Some of the most common symptoms of voice disorders are a change in your voice (it becomes either deeper or raspy), you have trouble singing, your throat feels raw or itchy and you find yourself repeatedly clearing your throat. Th...

ese symptoms can be caused by inflammation, respiratory infection, growths on your vocal cords or just by overusing your voice if you are for example a professional singer or a member of a cheerleading squad. If you develop a voice disorder, you may want to see an otolaryngologist to determine the cause of your voice problem.
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