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What is World Voice Day

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Updated March 25, 2010

When is World Voice Day?:

World Voice Day is held on April 16th.

History of World Voice Day:

In 1999, a group of Brazilian otolaryngologists and speech-language pathologists coordinated their efforts to increase people’s awareness of voice problems. Other countries throughout the world soon also realized the need to enhance awareness, as well as education. In 2002, the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery became the U.S. sponsor for World Voice Day.

Why Have World Voice Day?:

Approximately 7.5 million people in the United States have disorders that affect their voice. Early diagnosis of ENT disorders can be important in preserving your voice. World Voice Day increases awareness and recognition of voice problems.

How Can I Participate?:

It is important to review healthy voice habits on World Voice Day. Environmental exposures and habits that are damaging to the voice should also be reviewed. Also take the time to assess not only your habits but your Voice-Related Quality of Life.

Sources:

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. World Voice Day. Accessed: March 24, 2010 from http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/worldVoiceDay.cfm?CFID=2142471&CFTOKEN=49860345

National Institute For Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. What is Voice? What is Speech? What is Language?. Accessed: March 24, 2010 from http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/voice/whatis_vsl.htm

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