"I can come by here and have a couple of polyps lasered off my vocal cords and then go straight to work."
— Daryl Collins, age 53

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Vocal Health Questionnaire

Take this interactive quiz to find out how well your voice is working for you.

This voice quiz is an example of a type of tool used regularly in the clinical care of patients who are having vocal difficulties. The quiz was adapted from the "Voice-Related Quality of Life Measure", developed at the Vocal Health Center of the University of Michigan Health System. It is designed to measure how well your voice is working for you in your daily activities.
- source AAO-NHS

Instructions: You will read a series of 10 statements about problems you may be having with your voice, each asking you to rate the severity of the problem for you. To determine how "bad" it is (the amount of each problem that you are having), think of both how often the problem occurs and how severe it is when it happens. You will use the 5-point scale below, with "5" being the worst possible. Your answers should be based upon your average voice quality over the past 2 weeks or so:

Key

1 = None, not a problem
2 = A small amount
3 = A moderate (medium) amount
4 = Frequently
5 = As bad as it can be

Because of my voice...
Rate the problem...
I have trouble speaking loudly or being heard in noisy situations.
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5
I run out of air and need to take frequent breaths when talking.
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5
I do not know what will come out when I begin speaking.
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5
I am anxious or frustrated.
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5
I get depressed.
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5
I have trouble using the telephone.
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5
I have trouble doing my job or practicing my profession.
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5
I avoid going out socially.
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5
I have to repeat myself to be understood.
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5
I have become less outgoing.
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5