Vocal health important for teachers

Voices are vital to a teacher’s job, so it’s important to take care of them.

 Just ask Ann De Lacy. She spent more than three decades in a Baltimore classroom before retiring.

According to a story in the Baltimore Sun, she said, “Now I can barely talk. It puts so much stress on the voice. You can’t not talk when you’re a teacher.

“And it’s like we’re actresses and actors — the voice is everything.”

Baltimore throat specialist Dr. Lee M. Akst agreed.

“Teachers are a particularly high-risk profession, even more than salespeople or doctors or lawyers,” Akst said.

Some teachers are using amplification systems so they don’t have to strain their voices to be heard.

The problem isn’t limited to teachers. The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery suggests any “occupational or professional voice user” may face these vocal challenges and offers tips like staying well-hydrated and avoiding cigarettes.

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