Hearing management

Updated 06 December 2017

Experts warn about karaoke

Young people in Hong Kong were urged not to sing karaoke without voice training to avoid causing permanent voice damage.

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Young people in Hong Kong were urged not to sing karaoke without voice training to avoid causing permanent voice damage.

Two out of five young people have suffered from voice problems in recent years caused by prolonged and improper use of their voices, said surgeons at Queen Mary Hospital.

Singing karaoke and taking part in summer camps or jobs which involved speaking loudly or shouting were to blame, said the experts. They are now urging young people to undergo proper voice training before such activities.

Dr Paul Lam, a consultant at the hospital, said improper use of the voice could lead to scarring or nodules on the vocal chords.

"Sometimes, even if we do surgery for vocal faults, their natural voice cannot be restored to normal," he said. – (SAPA, July 2007)

 

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Rene Hornby has been the owner of a private practice in Pretoria since 1999. AuD degree obtained in 2013 at AT Still University Health Science Depart-ment, Arizona. Masters in Communication Pathology at the University of Pretoria, 2003. Remedial Teaching Diploma at Rand University, 1996. Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Pretoria, 1993. Owner of a private practice in Pretoria since 1999. Educating the community regarding early identification of hearing problems and screening of new-borns. Providing assistance and services at retirement homes. Part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria and the University of Limpopo. External examiner at the University of Pretoria and the University of Limpopo. Presenter at conferences and seminars.

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