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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 31-40

Voice disorders among Saudi teachers in Riyadh City

Consultant, Assistant Professor of Phoniatrics Communication and Swallowing Disorders Unit (CSDU) ,ORL Department, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
MD, PhD Khalid H Malki
P.O Box 245 - Riyadh, 11411 ORL Department, Communication and Swallowing Disorders Unit (CSDU) King Abdulaziz University Hospital Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1319-8491.274630

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Background and Objectives: The teaching voice and its impact on the teaching profession have gained a special interest in several studies concerned with occupational voice disorders. To the best of our knowledge, no study had investigated this problem among Saudi teachers. This study aimed at investigating the prevalence of voice disorders among Saudi teachers in Riyadh city in addition to the possible risk factors to these disorders. Subjects and Methods: A voice questionnaire was distributed to a random sample of Saudi teachers in Riyadh city. The study included 416 teachers with a mean age of 34.3±5.2 years. Based on the results of the self-administered questionnaires, teachers with voice complaints (TVC) were identified. Significant differences between teachers regarding possible risk factors were investigated. Results: Thirty three percent of Saudi teachers in Riyadh city reported to have voice problems. Females were significantly more prone to develop voice problems than males. Teachers who reported the presence of some living habits, teaching characteristics, and health conditions were significantly at higher risk of developing voice disorders. Conclusion: Voice problems seem to be a prevalent problem among Saudi teachers in Riyadh city. Such condition could have negative impacts on the teaching profession. There appears to be many risk factors that can significantly affect the voice quality of teachers.

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