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Development and application of a vocal health and hygiene game in adults

Desenvolvimento e aplicação de um game sobre saúde e higiene vocal em adultos

Ana Paula Roza; Ingrid Gielow; Thays Vaiano; Mara Behlau.

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Abstract

Purpose: To develop a game on vocal health and hygiene (VoxPedia) and apply it to adults aiming to investigate knowledge about vocal health and the vocal self-assessment in this population. Methods: The study sample was composed of 293 adults, of which 204 were women and 129 were voice professionals, invited to participate through digital media. Participants completed to the following forms and instruments: 1) Informed Consent Form (ICF); 2) Identification Data form; 3) Voice Handicap Index: 10 (VHI-10) protocol; 4) Vocal Health and Hygiene Questionnaire (VHHQ); 5) VoxPedia quiz. Results: The VoxPedia quiz was developed using simple and dynamic questions that allowed the participants to know their performance in real time. Data collected through this quiz showed that voice professionals reported reduced voice handicap and had higher scores in the VHHQ and VoxPedia. Voice professionals or not, participants who answered wrongly to the nature of impact of health aspects in the VHHQ reported increased voice handicap in the VHI-10; however, despite the self-reported handicap, most of them did not report voice complaints. In contrast, when voice complaints were reported, the participants not always perceived handicap or searched for vocal therapy. Conclusion: The VoxPedia quiz presented some concepts on vocal health and hygiene to the participants. In addition, it enabled the study of the relation between knowledge about vocal care and voice self-assessment. The data suggest that individuals with greater knowledge about vocal health and hygiene show better voice self-assessment, those with worse voice self-assessment do not perceive voice problems, and those who perceive voice problems do not necessarily seek professional assistance.

Keywords

Voice, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Self-assessment Mobile Applications, Software, Therapy, Computer-Assisted

Resumo

Objetivo: Desenvolver um game sobre saúde e higiene vocal (VoxPedia) e aplicá-lo em adultos, para investigar o conhecimento em cuidados vocais e compreender a autoavaliação vocal dos respondentes. Método: Participaram 293 adultos, 204 mulheres e 129 profissionais da voz, convidados através de mídias digitais. Os participantes responderam: 1) Termo de Consentimento Livre e Esclarecido (TCLE); 2) Dados de Identificação; 3) Protocolo do Índice de Desvantagem Vocal (IDV-10); 4) Questionário de Saúde e Higiene Vocal (QSHV); 5) Aplicação do quiz VoxPedia. Resultados: O VoxPedia foi desenvolvido com questões simples e com dinâmica que permitiu aos participantes conhecerem seu desempenho em tempo real. Os dados adquiridos através do quiz mostram que os profissionais da voz relataram menos desvantagem vocal e acertaram mais itens no QSHV e questões do VoxPedia. Profissionais da voz ou não, os participantes que erraram a natureza do impacto dos aspectos de saúde no QSHV referiram maior desvantagem vocal no IDV-10. Contudo, apesar da desvantagem autorreferida, a maioria não relata problemas de voz. Em contrapartida, quando o respondente relatou problemas de voz, nem sempre houve desvantagem percebida ou busca por terapia vocal. Conclusão: O VoxPedia apresentou alguns conceitos de saúde e higiene vocal aos participantes. Além disso, possibilitou o estudo das relações entre conhecimento em cuidados vocais e autoavaliação vocal. Os dados sugerem que os indivíduos com mais conhecimento em cuidados vocais têm melhor autoavaliação de voz; participantes com pior autoavaliação vocal não percebem problemas de voz; e aqueles que percebem problemas vocais não necessariamente procuram cuidados profissionais

Palavras-chave

Voz, Fonoaudiologia, Autoavaliação, Aplicativos Móveis, Software, Terapia Assistida por Computador.

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