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Study Reveals Teachers Are Twice as Likely to Develop Vocal Problems

Study Reveals Teachers Are Twice as Likely to Develop Vocal Problems

A new study from the Harvard Medical School and the Gould Voice Research Center has found that teachers are significantly more likely to experience vocal problems- twice as likely as people in other professions, in fact.

If you feel like you’re susceptible to hoarseness, vocal tiredness and muscle pains, you’re not alone, says ScienceDaily.

The study’s "researchers displayed that the cost of teachers' voice injuries to the U.S. economy is estimated at US$2.5 billion per year. As a result, many scientists have worked on finding the physiological causes to help teachers prevent and treat voice problems,” the article said.

Female teachers in particular, the article said, are at risk of developing voice problems.

"The problem is especially acute in female teachers, who use their voices about 10 percent more than males when teaching, and about 7 percent more when not teaching,” a University of Utah researcher discovered several years ago, according to NBC News.

NBC News says teachers make up 16 percent of the 37 million people who are considered to be “occupational voice users,” which helps contribute to the influx of teachers seeking relief from health care professionals every fall.

Read the full article.

Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

5/25/2016

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