Relationship Between Laryngeal Signs and Symptoms, Acoustic Measures, and Quality of Life in Finnish Primary and Kindergarten School Teachers

Published:January 25, 2019DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2018.12.006

      Summary

      Objective

      This study investigated the relationship between the acoustic measure smoothed cepstral peak prominence (CPPS), teacher's quality of life as measured by the voice activity and participation profile (VAPP), laryngeal signs and symptoms, voice related health problems and laryngoscopic findings in Finnish teachers. The relationship between CPPS and sound pressure level (SPL) was also assessed.

      Methods

      Vowel and text samples from 183 healthy Finnish teachers (99 kindergarten teachers [KT] and 84 primary school teachers [PST]) were analyzed for CPPS. Text reading was recorded in conversational loudness by PST, and KT were recorded wearing headphones, while listening to a masking noise of children talking to simulate their classroom voice and environment. CPPS values were correlated with the VAPP, self-reported laryngeal signs and symptoms, voice related health variables, and laryngoscopic findings.

      Results

      There was a significant difference between the two groups for CPPS text, PST showed significantly lower CPPS values (10.44) than KT (11.52). There was no difference between the two groups for CPPS vowel phonation. There was a significant correlation between SPL text and CPPS text for KT (P < 0.001, r = 0.43) but not for PST (P < 0.10, r = 0.16). There was a significant correlation between SPL vowel and CPPS vowel for both PST (P < 0.001, r = 0.47) and KT (P < 0.001, r = 0.45). CPPS did not correlate with the VAPP, laryngeal signs and symptoms, health variables or laryngeal findings.
      Factorial analysis of variance resulted in a significant relationship between the VAPP, laryngeal signs and symptoms, and teacher type. Teacher type and symptoms had a significant effect on VAPP scores.

      Conclusions

      In the present work CPPS does not correlate with vocal health indicators of functionally healthy teachers. CPPS was significantly influenced by differences in speaking voice SPL, emphasizing the impact of recording conditions and technique. There was a significant relationship between laryngeal signs and symptoms, teacher type and the VAPP. Laryngeal signs and symptoms and teacher type are important variables and should be included in the clinical evaluation of occupational voice users, and voice problems.

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