Drop the mic: Could karaoke bad for you?

Can too much karaoke lead to long-term vocal cord damage?

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DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT: Could karaoke be bad for your vocal cords? Researchers are trying to find out. Photo: Fernando Zhiminaicela/Pixabay

DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT: Could karaoke be bad for your vocal cords? Researchers are trying to find out. Photo: Fernando Zhiminaicela/Pixabay

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Australians invited to take part in online survey about their karaoke use.

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We know that karaoke can be hard on the ears, but could it also be bad for your voice?

A Queensland researcher wants to learn more about what karaoke does to our vocal cords.

Dr Christopher Plant from James Cook University is investigating if people who participate in karaoke notice changes to their voices, which could lead to long-term damage.

"Voices can be impacted by a range of factors including misuse and overuse," he said. "Therefore, it's not unreasonable to think that engaging in karaoke may be a vocally strenuous activity for some people."

Dr Plant said that although karaoke singers may wake up the next morning feeling hoarse but recover quickly, there may be increased risk of long-term problems if people experience repeated instances of these symptoms.

"Repeated exposure to vocally damaging behaviours can have much longer-term consequences," he said. "These include vocal nodules, which may need surgery to remove."

Although there is a huge amount of research into voice disorders of professional singers and other people who regularly use their voice for work, such as teachers and call centre operators, there's limited research on karaoke.

Dr Plant is asking Australians who participate in karaoke to take an online survey about their karaoke use so he can learn more about what it does to the voice.

Take the survey here.

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