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The acceptance of voice disorders by day care center teachers as an occupational disease is not an invariably established practice. This is due to the lack of reliable evidence of a higher risk for voice disorders in this profession. To find out the risk of voice disorders, an epidemiological study was conducted among day care center teachers (n = 262),(More)
Day care center teachers suffer from voice disorders more often than nurses do. Several risk factors may increase voice disorder prevalence of day care center teachers. The risk factors can be bound to their job content and manner of working i.e. having to raise their voice to attract the attention of the children and to offer them the possibility to(More)
Phonation into glass tubes, keeping the free end of the tube in water, has been a frequently used voice therapy method in Finland for more than four decades. These so-called resonance tubes, introduced by Professor Sovijärvi in the 1960s, are used in different ways depending on the patient's diagnosis and the goal of the voice therapy. In this paper, some(More)
Vocal symptoms and voice disorders among teachers were studied in 1988 using a questionnaire designed to obtain information on six vocal symptoms that had appeared during the past 2 years. Twelve percent of the 478 respondents reported vocal symptoms occurring weekly or more often. The study was repeated using the same questionnaire in 2001. The results of(More)
The objective of this clinical prospective study was to find out if laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is an effective treatment in laryngopharyngeal reflux disease. Twenty-two consecutive patients, 16 female and 6 male, who were referred to laparoscopic fundoplication and operated by a senior gastroenterology surgeon were included in this study. Their mean(More)
Previous studies of students studying to be teachers have indicated that these students commonly have voice disorders. Ideally, voice disorders should be treated before students start their work as teachers, but the resources for this treatment are often limited. This study examines whether group voice therapy is effective for teacher students. Accordingly,(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of the present study was to explore possible gender differences in the occurrence of vocal symptoms in smokers. METHODS A total of 1728 respondents, 68% women and 32% men completed a "Speech, language and voice" questionnaire. The questions concerning six vocal symptoms along with questions concerning smoking habits were used as the(More)
An epidemiological study was conducted in order to find out the prevalence of voice disorders among students studying to be teachers. Vocal symptoms were inquired of 226 students. Their voices were assessed perceptually by a speech therapist and those who had abnormal voice quality or reported several vocal symptoms were referred to a clinical examination(More)
Studies focusing on different groups of students show that the prevalence of vocal symptoms and voice disorder vary depending on the study populations. A previous study of vocal symptoms and voice disorders among teacher students has shown that 20% of the students studying to become teachers in comprehensive schools and upper secondary schools reported(More)
A recent study concerning voice disorders among future teachers showed that about 20% of the students had a voice disorder. Most of the disorders were organic. In the current study, we describe a voice-screening method that can be administered by the health care personnel in order to select students for further examination by the speech language therapist(More)