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J Voice. 2017 Jul;31(4):508.e11-508.e16. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2016.10.016. Epub 2016 Nov 14.

Difference in Voice Problems and Noise Reports Between Teachers of Public and Private Schools in Upper Egypt.

Author information

1
Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Phoniatric Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Minia University, Minia, Egypt.
2
School of Communication, Media and Theatre, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.
3
Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland.
4
Department of Ear, Nose and Throat-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland. Electronic address: ahmed.geneid@hus.fi.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study aimed to assess teachers' voice symptoms and noise in schools in Upper Egypt and to study possible differences between teachers in public and private schools.

STUDY DESIGN:

A cross-sectional analysis via questionnaire was carried out.

METHODS:

Four schools were chosen randomly to represent primary and preparatory schools as well as public and private ones. In these schools, a total of 140 teachers participated in the study. They answered a questionnaire on vocal and throat symptoms and their effects on working and social activities, as well as levels and effects of experienced noise.

RESULTS:

Of all teachers, 47.9% reported moderate or severe dysphonia within the last 6 months, and 21.4% reported daily dysphonia. All teachers reported frequent feelings of being in noise, with 82.2% feeling it sometimes or always during the working day, resulting in a need to raise their voice. Teachers in public schools experienced more noise from nearby classes.

CONCLUSION:

The working conditions and vocal health of teachers in Upper Egypt, especially in public schools, are alarming.

KEYWORDS:

Egypt; Private schools; Public schools; Teachers; Voice

PMID:
27856093
DOI:
10.1016/j.jvoice.2016.10.016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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