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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 149-153

Efficacy of voice therapy in teachers: Using perceptual assessment protocol

1 Shabda Brahma Speech and Hearing Clinic, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
2 Department of ENT, M.P. Shah Government Medical College, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India
3 Department of ENT, Civil Hospital, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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Rupali Mathur
Shabda Brahma Speech and Hearing Clinic, TF/3, Aakar Complex, Sardar Patel Stadium Road, Near Golden Triangle, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat - 380 014
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-7749.155334

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Introduction: Teachers are professional voice users, and thus, they have more chances of having voice disorders. Risk factors due to occupation have been comprehensively examined; however, very little research has been done on the need of therapy and efficacy of voice therapy in teachers. Objectives: To assess the efficacy of voice therapy in teachers using qualitative assessment protocol and to recognize factors those are more sensitive to voice therapy. Methods: This study included two groups within the age range of 25-50 years. Group 1 included 10 participants having dysphonia who attended therapy and group 2 included five participants having dysphonia who could not attend therapy due to some reasons. Participants in both groups were teachers. Further, a perceptual assessment protocol was administered twice with the interval of 3 months. Results and Discussion: Voice therapy improved voice quality in group 1 who attended therapy compared to group 2. There was a significant difference seen in perceptual measures in group 1 pre- and post-therapy. Conclusion: Voice therapy lead to improvement in voice quality which is indicating that teachers should be sensitize for vocal hygiene and voice therapy, and further research is needed in this area.

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