Susanna Simberg

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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)
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)
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)
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)
Prevalence of Vocal Symptoms and Voice Disorders among Teacher Students and Teachers and a Model of Early Intervention Susanna Simberg University of Helsinki, Finland The overall aims of the research done for this thesis were to investigate the prevalence of vocal symptoms and voice disorders among students who were studying to become teachers (teacher(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)
PURPOSE To explore the existence of genetic effects as well as the interaction between potential genetic effects and a voice-demanding occupation on dysphonia. METHOD One thousand seven hundred and twenty-eight Finnish twins (555 male; 1,173 female) born between 1961 and 1989 completed a questionnaire concerning vocal symptoms and occupation. The zygosity(More)
Allergic rhinitis and asthma are common among university students. Inhalant allergies have been considered to be a risk factor contributing to voice disorders. The purpose of this pilot study was to determine if students with confirmed respiratory allergies have frequently occurring vocal symptoms. A questionnaire concerning the prevalence of vocal symptoms(More)