Comparison of Self-Reporting Voice Evaluations between Professional and Non-Professional Voice Users with Voice Disorders by Severity and Type

음성장애가 있는 직업적 음성사용자와 비직업적 음성사용자의 음성장애 중증도와 유형에 따른 자기보고식 음성평가 차이

Kim, Jaeock

  • Received : 2015.10.26
  • Accepted : 2015.12.10
  • Published : 2015.12.31


The purpose of this study was to compare professional (Pro) and non-professional (Non-pro) voice users with voice disorders in self-reporting voice evaluation using Korean-Voice Handicap Index (K-VHI) and Korean-Voice Related Quality of Life (K-VRQOL). In addition, those were compared by voice quality and voice disorder type. 94 Pro and 106 Non-pro were asked to fill out the K-VHI and K-VRQOL, perceptually evaluated on GRBAS scales, and divided into three types of voice disorders (functional, organic and neurologic) by an experienced speech-language pathologist and an otolaryngologist. The results showed that the functional (F) and physical (P) scores of K-VHI in Pro group were significantly higher than those in Non-pro group. As the voice quality evaluated by G scale got worse, the scores of all aspects except emotional (E) of K-VHI and social-emotional (SE) of K-VRQOL were higher. All scores of K-VHI and K-VRQOL in neurologic voice disorders were significantly higher than those in functional and organic voice disorders. In conclusion, professional voice users are more sensitive to their functional and physical handicap resulted by their voice problems and that goes double for the patients with severe and neurologic voice disorders.


professional voice user;self-reporting voice evaluation;voice disorders;Korean-Voice Handicap Index (K-VHI);Korean-Voice Related Quality of Life (K-VRQOL)


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