Prevalence of self-reported voice problems in university lecturers

Gino Hipolito, Elisabeth Harrison

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The prevalence of self-reported voice problems in university lecturers was investigated through a questionnaire mailed to the lecturers in the College of Science and Technology, Macquarie University, Sydney. Seventy-seven lecturers responded with one-fifth reporting voice problems occurring every 2 to 3 months or more frequently in the past year. The results also indicated that voice problems had an impact on lecturers' careers, with 11.4% having missed work and 5.2% reducing their teaching hours due to voice problems. Although 14.3% of lecturers had seen a doctor about their voice, no lecturer reported seeing a speech pathologist. These results suggest the need for further investigation into the causes of voice problems in lecturers and also for the development of programs aimed at creating awareness and effecting prevention in this population of professional voice users.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPracticality and impact
Subtitle of host publicationmaking a difference in the real world : proceedings of the 2005 Speech Pathology Australia National Conference
EditorsChryisse Heine, Louise Brown
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherSpeech Pathology Association of Australia
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1876705086
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventSpeech Pathology Australia National Conference - Canberra
Duration: 29 May 20052 Jun 2005


ConferenceSpeech Pathology Australia National Conference

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