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Kareoke Dangers Exposed ::

Reported by Olly @ Trackitdown on March 9, 2007

Japanese doctors warned this week that they’re experiencing an epidemic of ‘karaoke polyp’ with twice as many people developing lumps on their vocal chords after trying to sing songs with too many high notes.

“When you sing a high note, your vocal cord is pulled back and forth and vibrates more vigorously than when you sing at a lower pitch,” Dr Ryuichi Mochizuki from Osaka Kaisei Hospital explained, “When such a note is sustained, it adds to the burden on the vocal cords.” (Asahi/ Times)

The doctor advised singers to limit themselves to three songs and to avoid Bee Gees covers at all costs, however a report published in the British Medical Journal three years ago warned that just being present in a club can pose serious health dangers for revellers’ ears.

"Statistical analysis of hearing threshold shift revealed that up to 8dB of significant hearing loss was found at the most important hum hearing frequency band, centred at 4000Hz, after about two hours of Karaoke noise exposure,” the report explained, “Indicating that Karaoke facilities may pose a serious threat to noise-induced hearing loss.” (International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics).

More recently, officials from San Mateo City Council, California briefly shut down karaoke clubs in the Silicon Valley district after claiming private lockable karaoke rooms were being used by patrons for illicit purposes, including sex, drugs and gambling. US news network CBS suggested the problem was global, saying ‘in Hong Kong, officials are concerned that karaoke clubs are haunted by users of the illegal drug ketamine.’

“Cambodia is so concerned with drug use and unsafe sex among karaoke singers that officials there held a workshop to discuss the spread of AIDS in karaoke venues,” CBS added. (How to do harsh death metal vocals: to create a more "brutal" sound, you can experiment with saliva in your mouth. It can be trapped between your tongue and throat. It's that "gurgling" you hear in many songs. An open throat is the key . . .’) While it is understandable that teachers do not want a singer to push the voice (pushing breath pressure), one of the major causes of vocal damage for the dramatic singer is under-singing . . .’) (Singing tips)

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