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date: 15 December 2019

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Both medical professionals and voice users have healthy voice as a goal. In order to maintain health, an understanding of efficient vocal production is necessary. Knowledge of the structure and function of the vocal energy source (the air stream from the lungs), the sound source (the vibrating vocal folds), and the resonators (the vocal tract) empowers individuals to choose healthy vocal hygiene. Such hygiene is especially important to singers, who require fine coordination of all vocal systems to produce aesthetically pleasing sounds over a wide pitch and dynamic range. In addition, during a lifetime of voice use, nearly every professional voice user will have periods of vocal difficulty. Vocal stressors (physiological and/or psychological) can undermine even the most disciplined individuals. The importance of a vocal support team during these difficult times is emphasized.

Keywords: healthy voice, vocal production, vocal stressors, vocal hygiene

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