It Is Female And Not Male Teachers Who Face Increased Voice Problems!

by Aruna on  October 30, 2009 at 8:06 AM Education News
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It Is Female And Not Male Teachers Who Face Increased Voice Problems!
According to a new study, teachers, especially women, face a greater risk of hurting their voices than most of the other professionals.

The research by the National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS) showed that teachers were 32 times more likely to experience voice problems.

Eric Hunter, deputy director of the NCVS, and colleagues examined how teachers use their voices at work and at home and found differences between male and female teachers.

The investigators discovered that female teachers used their voices about 10 percent more than males when teaching and 7 percent more outside of work.

They also speak louder than male teachers at work, the data indicated.

Hunter wrote: "These results may indicate an underlying reason for female teachers' increased voice problems."

The findings are due to be presented at a meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) in San Antonio, TX.

Source: ANI

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Ingmar Sunday, February 20, 2011

I'm sorry for women about this, I'd never have though about it. But nothing that can't be solved using diaphragm, thus controlling the air stream, avoiding the strain of vocal chords such as excessive closure, using mouth resonator to speak loud without compressing the chords, passing to head bone consonance when ascending in pitch. In a few word a correct vocal tecnique used by every *good* singer [not synonimous of famous XD]. The cause may be cultural, like speaking at high pitch *uncorrectly* in attempt to deliver the stereotype of the feminine voice, especially altos in closet with no pride for their rich, low and ,I'd say, sexy voices, also cultural is the greater variation of pitches used by some women when talking, which stress the fold much more than a more constanto pitch, like some men do, not only, these men even tend to emphasize masculinity my keeping themselves in the lower or neutral part of their dynamic range which is also comfortable . Nothing bad per sÃĻ, but talking at a swinging pitch (which I do as a man!) requires more technique than a regular, nearly monotone talking as it stretches in and out the chords and so requires not compressing excessively the chord muscle, nor ascending pitch via contracting the chords and pushing burst of air through the throat. This is known as the "glottal stop" and really stress the vocal chords which sound better cleane and even louder with a sustained stream of air controlled by the diaphragm. A slightly swinging pitch is better and more expressive than a fixed pitch, but women don't strain yourselves to conform to a model, be comfortable. Ingmar

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