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Teachers Say Talking Is An Occupational Hazard

September 24, 2011 by USA Post 

Teachers Say Talking Is An Occupational HazardTeachers Say Talking Is An Occupational Hazard, If you think about it, it’s like it makes sense that teachers carry out their voices. After all, talking is an important part of their work. Talking is probably being kind, anyone who has had to communicate with a room full of children knows that talking is not an adequate description. Now there is no concrete data to support that idea.

According to Eric J. Hunter, deputy executive director of the National Center for Voice and speech, teachers are more than twice as likely as others to have voice problems and nearly three times more likely to see a doctor.

“It’s in the first three weeks of school,” said Hunter, “What is difficult with teachers is that as his voice starts to go, the main tool of their trade is not effective.”

The teacher, the tension is even greater. Hunter found that teachers use their voices about 10 percent more than men in teaching, and about 7 percent, when not teaching. Women also have smaller larynx (voice box) and your vocal cords vibrate faster.

Dr. Joseph Spiegel, co-director of the Voice and Swallowing Center at the University Hospital in Philadelphia Thomas Jefferson emphasized that the demand is also a factor, especially for teachers of young children. He said: “The younger the child, the more it is having to use your voice to control crowds.” Spiegel also said that teachers account for about 20 percent of the clients of his fall.

For many teachers, the solution is to resort to surgery, performed by Spiegel or someone like him to remove nodules and polyps that had developed on his vocal cords. Teachers also must learn to protect their voices, their voices warm up before class, or perhaps using a portable microphone.

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