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NIH Public Bulletin – May 2010

World Voice Day Reminds Us to Love Our Voices

Format: Web Site, Fact Sheets, Video
Institute: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Teachers and professors, ministers, singers, lawyers, DJs, professional speakers, auctioneers, cheerleaders, and anyone else who talks, shouts, or sings for a living: you need to take care of your voice.

"Musicians protect their guitars in cases lined in velvet, but we use our voices repeatedly without any awareness at all," said the NIDCD's voice and speech program director, Lana Shekim. "We really should protect our voices, because we can't replace them, whereas we can replace a guitar."

On April 16, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and other organizations in the United States and around the world celebrated World Voice Day. The NIDCD joined the efforts of these organizations and encourages people to assess their vocal health and take action to improve or maintain good voice habits.

Next Steps

You can visit AAO-HNS's special World Voice Day Web page at Also, check out these NIDCD resources that you can share with your patients, clients, friends, and family members.

Video: Learn more about your voice by watching a 5-minute conversation with Dr. Shekim, who discusses how the voice becomes damaged, what careers may make you more prone to voice problems, and how you can protect your voice. You can watch the video at

Interview and performance video: Read an interview with NIDCD-funded researcher Ingo R. Titze, who has studied the human voice for more than 30 years, at Also, visit to watch a video of his performance with Pavarobotti, a voice simulator/singing robot created by Dr. Titze and colleagues.

Fact sheets: Read NIDCD fact sheets on voice disorders and how you can protect your voice. You can read Taking Care of Your Voice at, Disorders of Vocal Abuse and Misuse at, Vocal Cord Paralysis at and Teachers: Take Care of Your Voice at

This page last reviewed on October 19, 2012

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