Teachers have higher risk of voice disorders

• April 26, 2013 • Comments (0)

Teachers have a much higher risk of voice problems than the general population, several studies show.  Noisy classrooms and lack of vocal rest are an occupational hazard.  Physical education and vocal music teachers are particularly at risk.  Of the treatments, vocal function exercises (a series of humming and phonating exercises) and portable amplification appear to work best, unless voice surgery is required.

Once my thyroplasty surgery was done, vocal function exercises were critical in teaching the muscles of my neck to relax so that I could produce a normal voice (it was far too high pitched immediately following surgery).  I also tried portable amplification (a Chattervox) before my thyroplasty surgery, but it did not work well for me.  The chunky amplifier unit goes around the waist (see photo below), which made it quite difficult to hear my voice if I was seated in a noisy restaurant, for example, because my voice was coming from below the table.  The microphone headset was also quite conspicuous.  I can see how this set-up might work better for a teacher speaking to a group of seated students.  If anyone has other recommendations for voice amplification systems, please simply reply in a comment so others can see them.

Dr. Anderson has helped a number of teachers, as seen in this moving post by Jane Schultz-Janzen of Kitchener-Waterloo.

Chattervox voice amplification system

Chattervox voice amplification system, circa 2004



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