Habitual dysphonia is characterized by: (LQ)
|A||Poor voice in normal environment|
|B||Related to stressful events|
|C||Treatment is vocal exercise and reassurance|
|E||Quality of voice is constant|
a. When a person always uses a poor voice in normal circumstances, is called habitual dysphonia. It is not related to stressful events and seems to be a habit.
b. The distinguishing characteristics of habitual and psychogenic functional dysphonia are:
Psychogenic functional dysphonia
Quality of voice is always poor
Very gradual onset of voice problem
Quality of voice is nearly constant changing with circumstances
The voice fails repeatedly after prolonged speaking
Previous good voice quality
Abrupt change in voice quality.
Inconstant quality of voice
Voice fails repeatedly in situationsof emotional stress.
Some patients with habitual dysphonia need vocal excercises and very little counseling. Others are cured by a few counseling ses¬sions and no voice practice at all.