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Take the Vocal Cords Quiz

Hoarseness is a general term that describes abnormal voice changes. When you are hoarse, your voice may sound breathy, raspy, or strained. Or you may have changes in loudness (volume) or how high or low your voice is (pitch).

1. Talking too much or yelling can strain or injure the vocal cords.
2. Lawyers and teachers are particularly likely to have vocal abuse and misuse problems.
3. Laryngitis is a common result of vocal abuse and misuse.
4. Vocal nodules are also known as "singer's nodes."
5. If you have laryngitis, your voice will often sound raspy, breathy, and hoarse.
6. Vocal polyps have been linked to cigarette smoking.
7. If you have hoarseness or vocal change that continues for more than a month, see your doctor.
8. Most disorders of vocal abuse and misuse can be cured.
Online Medical Reviewer: Fraser, Marianne, MSN, RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Kacker, Ashutosh, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Pierce-Smith, Daphne, RN, MSN, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 11/1/2018
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