The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University has asked Michigan’s radio and television stations for their assistance with a study on work-related conditions associated with voice disorders among broadcasters.

In reaching out to the MAB, Research Associate Lady Catherine Cantor Cutiva writes:  “Broadcasters have been identified, among occupational voice users, as part of the group with high vocal demands in terms of voice quality. Nevertheless, there is a dearth of studies on the occurrence and work-related factors of voice symptoms that would impact their voice quality.

It has been suggested that a higher occurrence of voice disorders among occupational voice users (such as teachers, singers, call center workers, and broadcasters) may be partially associated with work-related conditions, such as prolonged periods of work-related voice use (vocal load), and noise levels and acoustic conditions at the workplaces. While a large number of studies have examined the influence of work-related factors on voice production among occupational voice users, few have looked at the effect among broadcasters specifically.

Therefore, this survey was designed to explore perceptions of voice function, work-related factors and possible consequences of voice disorders among broadcasters. The results of this survey can give us an insight on the work-related communicative profile of this occupational group.”

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