Bottom Line: This study looked at whether singing in a children's choir was associated with developing voice disorders. Nearly 1,500 children from Spain (ages 8 to 14) were included, 752 children who sang in choirs and 743 who didn't. Children were examined for vocal cord problems; their parents, choir directors and teachers of the children who didn't sing were surveyed. Nearly 24 percent of children had a voice disorder and voice disorders were less common among children who sang in choirs, possibly because of good voice care. Limitations of the study included whether results were influenced by children who didn't understand researchers' instructions or the clarity of survey responses from adults.
Authors: Pedro Claros, M.D., Ph.D., Claros Otorhinolaryngology Clinic, Barcelona, Spain, and coauthors
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