The aim of this article is to update the work aspects of irritable larynx syndrome (ILS).

The fact that irritable larynx syndrome  is widespread in certain professions is being increasingly recognised. This specifically applies for jobs that often need a teaching voice; where proximity to occupational irritants such as World Trade Center responsibilities is involved; or mechanical causes, such as professional athletes, causing laryngeal dysfunction. The ILS has a negative effect on quality of life but responds to language and speech therapy that primarily focuses on education, vocal hygiene and laryngeal exercises to mitigate toxicity and treat acute laryngeal obstruction.

Many occupational exposures can potentially cause or worsen the irritable larynx syndrome, which can further cause severe symptoms and has a negative impact on quality of life. It has the ability to be treatable and could also be preventable. More research is needed in this critical field.