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Vocal Fatigue in Beat Boxers

Published:December 30, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2020.11.019

      Summary

      Purpose

      Beatboxers are elite professional voice users with increased vocal loading and therefore are at high risk for developing vocal fatigue. Scientific literature has a wealth of information on self-perceived ratings of vocal fatigue in teachers and singers but not in beat boxers.

      Aim of the study

      The present study measured vocal fatigue in beat boxers and compared their rating of vocal tiredness with two control groups.

      Method

      One hundred seventeen participants enrolled in an online survey. 40 nonsingers, 37 beat boxers, and 40 untrained singers filled the 19 questions of the standardized Vocal Fatigue Inventory in the English language on the Google Form platform.

      Results

      Mean scores suggest nonsingers rating lowest scores of vocal tiredness followed by beat boxers, and ratings of untrained singers were highest. Statistical significance was observed between and within-group analysis at P < 0.05. Self-awareness of experiencing vocal fatigue was 72.5% and 48.6% in untrained singers and beat boxers, respectively.

      Conclusion

      In sum, the state of evidence suggests that beat boxers have lower scores of vocal fatigue than untrained singers.

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