Vol. 4, Issue 12 (2017)
Identification of symptoms of the vocal fatigue in stage actors
Author(s): Bhumi Satav, Sadhana Relekar
Abstract: Vocal fatigue is a common symptom observed in all professional voice users but especially it is more common in stage actors with intense impact. Different symptoms have been reported by various individuals that could indicate the vocal fatigue. The purpose of this study was to identify various symptoms of vocal fatigue experienced by the actors. The study was carried out on 20 stage actors by administering the self-reported vocal fatigue questionnaire in pre and post-performance conditions. The questionnaire consisted of 16 questions to be rated on a score of 0-4 suggestive of none, very mild, mild, moderate and severe. It was found that total 8/16 symptoms such as loudness range, difficulty in voice projection, harshness, hoarseness, breathiness, pitch breaks, unsteadiness in voice and weakness in voice were commonly observed self-reported symptoms of vocal fatigue.