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Social and Vocational Impacts of Voice Disorders (WEB3120)

Course Description

This journal self-study explores a variety of issues related to adult vocal health and how voice disorders affect social and work-related interactions. Articles examine prevalence rates of voice disorders among college students; self-reports of vocal use; issues that school workers confront that may affect vocal health; the impact of common workplace issues, such as heating and air conditioning levels, on vocal functioning; and how voice disorders may affect listener processing and comprehension.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • discuss vocal health issues for college students
  • discuss issues related to self-reporting of vocal use
  • explain factors that affect vocal health and function in school and office workers
  • describe how listeners are affected by voice disorders


The following articles are included in this course:

  • Epidemiology of Vocal Health in Young Adults Attending College in the United States, by Naomi A. Hartley, Ellen Breen, and Susan L. Thibeault
  • Accuracy of Self-Reported Estimates of Daily Voice Use in Adults With Normal and Disordered Voices, by Daryush D. Mehta, Harold A. Cheyne, II, Asa Wehner, James T. Heaton, and Robert E. Hillman
  • Work-Related Determinants of Voice Complaints Among School Workers: An Eleven-Month Follow-Up Study, by Lady Catherine Cantor Cutiva and Alex Burdorf
  • Vocal Ergonomics in the Workplace: Heating, Ventilation, and AirConditioning Method Influences on Vocal Comfort and Function, by Mary J. Sandage, Keith A. Rahn, and Audrey G. Smith
  • The Impact of Dysphonic Voices on Healthy Listeners: Listener Reaction Times, Speech Intelligibility, and Listener Comprehension, by Paul M. Evitts, Heather Starmer, Kristine Teets, Christen Montgomery, Lauren Calhoun, Allison Schulze, Jenna MacKenzie, and Lauren Adams

Learning Assessment
Online, multiple-choice exam

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 4.5
ASHA CEU*: 0.45
Item #(s): WEB3120
Available Through: May 06, 2024