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September 04, 2010

Voice Problems Trouble Teachers

A hoarse voice is an endemic problem in professions who use their voices a lot including preachers, journalists, lawyers, and especially teachers. In the general population, 1 in 4 report a voice problem at some point in their life. Among teachers, 47 percent report some degree of voice abnormality on any given day; 20 percent of teachers report missing work due to voice problems, and 1-in-10 teachers has been forced to leave the profession by voice woes.

Even in Fauquier County, every year there are a few teachers I place on short-term disability due to the severity of their voice disorder.

Read a news article on this subject here.

Reference:
Voice Problems of Classroom Teachers: Incidence, Symptoms, and Associated Factors http://www.drwag.com/939.html (Presented at American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual convention, Philadelphia, 2004)

Prevalence of voice disorders in teachers and the general population. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2004 Apr;47(2):281-93.
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

1 comment:

  1. Its commonly happen to the teachers having a problems like those thing. Anyway, Finding the right doctor is probably the most important.

    alj

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