By Maxine E. Van Doren, M.S., CCC-SLP
Teachers, do you find that your voice wears out during the first weeks of the school year?
Many teachers say they have hoarseness, vocal fatigue, or even complete voice loss at the beginning of the school year that often goes away after a few weeks.
Though many feel this is normal, consistent hoarseness at the beginning of each year should be evaluated by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician (ENT) as it may be the beginning of a persistent voice problem.
It is not uncommon for teachers to say they had hoarseness at the start of each year until one year their voice “just didn’t come back,” or “felt strained” throughout the school year.
Treating the problem early can prevent it from interfering with your professional and personal responsibilities later on.
See more information on Adult Voice Disorders to find out how this can be treated.