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Objective and Subjective Voice Examination in Turkish Imams

  • Bugra Subasi
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    Address correspondence and reprint requests to Bugra Subasi, Kutahya Health Sciences University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, 43000, Kütahya, Turkey.
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    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Kutahya Health Sciences University, Faculty of Medicine, Kütahya, Turkey
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    1 Dr. Ender Guclu, Professor, Duzce University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Duzce Turkey.
    Ender Guclu
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    1 Dr. Ender Guclu, Professor, Duzce University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Duzce Turkey.
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    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Duzce University Faculty of Medicine, Duzce, Turkey
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    2 Dr. Damla Guclu, Specialist, Ankara Medipark Medical Center, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ankara, Turkey
    Damla Guclu
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    2 Dr. Damla Guclu, Specialist, Ankara Medipark Medical Center, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ankara, Turkey
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    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ankara Medipark Medical Center, Ankara, Turkey
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    3 Dr. Hamdi TASLI, Assistant Professor, Kutahya Health Sciences University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, 43000, Kütahya, Turkey
    Hamdi Tasli
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    3 Dr. Hamdi TASLI, Assistant Professor, Kutahya Health Sciences University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, 43000, Kütahya, Turkey
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    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Kutahya Health Sciences University, Faculty of Medicine, Kütahya, Turkey
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    1 Dr. Ender Guclu, Professor, Duzce University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Duzce Turkey.
    2 Dr. Damla Guclu, Specialist, Ankara Medipark Medical Center, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ankara, Turkey
    3 Dr. Hamdi TASLI, Assistant Professor, Kutahya Health Sciences University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, 43000, Kütahya, Turkey
Published:December 17, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2020.11.016

      Summary

      Objective

      Imams are professional voice users and they are at high risk of developing voice problems. The aim of the present study was to investigate vocal acoustic parameters and voice handicap index (VHI) scores in Turkish imams and comparing these paramaters with a control group of male nonprofessional voice users.

      Methods

      A total of 62 active working Turkish imams that never applied to our clinic with voice problems volunteered as subjects for the study and the control group consisted of 47 male nonprofessional voice users. Every participant completed a VHI questionnaire. A voice analysis was performed using computer program Dr.Speech Version 4 in an acoustically treated setting. Mean fundamental frequency, jitter, shimmer, harmonics to noise ratio values were recorded during the phonation and were analyzed.

      Results

      All imams were active working men aged 27–57 and the control group was comprised of male nonprofessional voice users of a similar age group. The measure of mean fundamental frequency, harmonics to noise ratio, jitter and shimmer rates were similar between two groups. In comparison of VHI between the groups no significant differences were found.

      Conclusion

      Even though imams in the study group stated that they experienced voice problems in their professional lives, this did not cause any adverse changes in acoustic and subjective parameters (VHI) compared with control group.

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