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Introduction: Voice is an essential part of human but it become more significant for professional voice users. Professional voice users are those whose earning solely depends on their voice if their voice hampered than they have a direct effect on their profession. Hawkers are one of those populations. This paper will talk about the vocal profile of hawkers as they are very much vulnerable to vocal impairment. Purpose: Present study aims to formulate the acoustical and perceptual vocal profile of hawkers. Methods: Present study includes 50 hawkers (30=male; 20=female) from age range of 23 year to 55 year. To analyze acoustical parameter of voice PRAAT was performed. Perceptual assessment and quality of life was assessed using Buffallo III voice profile & Voice Related Quality of Life (VRQOL) Questionnaire. To assess aerodynamic feature of voice Maximum Phonation Time (MPT) & S/Z ratio was performed. Results: Present study revealed that perceptually most of the population had hoarse voice quality whereas only one subject had harsh voice quality. On acoustical analysis significant difference was obtained for HNR (t=0.003) & Jitter (t=0.001). Mean difference was obtained for shimmer however not reached to significant level. Most of the populations with more experienced were not able to produce /z/ sound which is indicative of vocal pathology. Approximately 35 subjects had less MPT than the normative. Conclusion: We can conclude from present study that hawkers are at high risk of vocal pathology as they misuse their voice due to demand of their profession.
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