Historically, the concept of vocal hygiene dates back to the 1940s, with the term itself credited to the pioneering laryngologist and speech therapist Emil Fr’schels. Vocal hygiene basically means taking care of the health of the vocal folds. Vocal hygiene programs have been used either as stand-alone rehabilitative programs or in conjunction with other forms of direct therapy to treat a wide variety of vocal disorders. There is a large body of research supporting the use of vocal hygiene, though investigations beginning in the late 1990s conclude that it appears to be most effective when combined as one component of a comprehensive voice treatment program. Vocal hygiene programs help voice clients engage in behaviors that promote laryngeal and vocal health and eliminate behaviors that would ...

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