Polytechnic of Setúbal studies the impact of the pandemic on the teacher’s voice

The Escola Superior de Saúde of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (ESS/IPS) and the Portuguese Society of Speech Therapy (Voice Department), in partnership with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo (Brazil), are developing a study which aims to measure the impact of measures to combat the pandemic on the teacher’s voice.

The investigation, under the name “Covid-19: impact of pandemic mitigation measures on the teacher’s voice”, is coordinated by professor Sónia Lima, ESS/IPS, and has just launched a questionnaire, available here, through which she invites interested teachers to contribute their testimonies.

The study, which also has the collaboration of the Escola Superior de Saúde of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, is part of the current context of a pandemic that, throughout its various phases, implied the adaptation of the faculty to new ways of teaching, with consequences, larger or smaller, in one of its main working instruments – the voice.

According to the responsible researcher, “the new realities of teaching, such as distance learning, but also face-to-face, with the use of protective measures such as masks, may have brought new risk factors, and it is important to know effectively what their impact is. , so that Vocal Health Intervention and Promotion programs can be guided with these professionals”.

Sónia Lima also states that, among the professionals who use the voice as a work tool, “teachers are the ones with the highest prevalence of dysphonia (voice disorder)”, being frequently exposed to the “risk of developing vocal symptoms such as hoarseness, breathiness, fatigue, and difficulty in vocal projection, associated with factors such as prolonged use of the voice, physical work environment, harmful life habits, and stressful situations”.

Speech Therapist and Master in Speech Sciences, the teacher coordinates the degree course in Speech Therapy, of the Department of Communication and Language Sciences of ESS/IPS, developing research and training in the area of ​​rehabilitation and artistic vocal and non-vocal habilitation. artistic.

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