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Vocal fatigue in teachers and non-teachers in a Turkish population [Tr-ENT]
Tr-ENT. 2020; 30(3): 87-91 | DOI: 10.5606/Tr-ENT.2020.42714

Vocal fatigue in teachers and non-teachers in a Turkish population

Necati Enver1, Akın Şahin2, Aylin Torğul1, Mehmet Sürmeli3, Cağatay Oysu1
1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Marmara University, Pendik Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ardahan State Hospital, Ardahan, Turkey
3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Health Sciences University, Ümraniye Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to determine the voice use and associated vocal fatigue in teachers and to define their differences with other professional voice users and non-vocal non-professionals.
METHODS: Between May 2020 and October 2020, a total of 187 participants (41 males, 146 females; mean age: 32.6±10.5 years; range, 23 to 65 years) were administered the Vocal Fatigue Index (VFI) questionnaire. Of the participants, 93 were teachers and 94 were non-teachers recruited from Istanbul province of Turkey. The relationship between the VFI and sociodemographic characteristics, professional activity, talkativeness, duration of active vocal use, and active vocal complaints were analyzed.
RESULTS: The mean VFI score was 35.5±16.2. Those with a vocal complaint had significantly higher mean total VFI scores than those without any vocal complaints (p<0.001). Duration of voice use and total VFI scores were significantly higher in teachers than other professions (p<0.001 and p<0.001, respectively). The mean total VFI scores of teachers with or without vocal complaints did not significantly differ (p=0.065).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Our study results suggest that voice disorders are more common among teachers, compared to non-professional voice users. It is important to reveal the etiology of voice problems in teachers, particularly for early diagnosis and immediate treatment.

Keywords: Dysphonia, questionnaire, Vocal Fatigue Index, voice

Necati Enver, Akın Şahin, Aylin Torğul, Mehmet Sürmeli, Cağatay Oysu. Vocal fatigue in teachers and non-teachers in a Turkish population. Tr-ENT. 2020; 30(3): 87-91

Corresponding Author: Akın Şahin, Türkiye
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