The People Have Spoken - Hearing and Speech Agency

The People Have Spoken

In honor of World Voice Day on Sunday (April 16), all of us at HASA spent a good deal of time learning more about the human voice.  A few takeaways from yours truly:

  • With the exception of a few birds, only humans have voluntary control over the acoustic nature of their vocal utterances, can learn vocal patterns by imitation, and even invent new ones.
  • According to a study posted by Surgery, listeners were able to tell which doctors had been sued for malpractice and which hadn't after listening to just forty seconds of surgeon-patient consultations from which words had been filtered out and listening only to the tone of their voice!
  • Wet Snack Wednesday (in which we were treated to information about staying hydrated and an assortment of thirst-quenching treats) needs to happen on the regular!  It was a fun way to get together, munch on some fruit and learn a few things about our voice and nutrition.

One of the things that we did was distribute a Voice Survey to our staff to learn a bit more about how those of us who work here care for our voices.  The results were interesting, indeed.  For example:

  • 21% of respondents have a hoarse voice at the end of the day while 57% of them only exhibit hoarseness after attending sporting events and concerts.
  • 21% of respondents speak loudly for an extended period of time more than two times per week.  That's a lot of talking!
  • 14% of respondents claim to NEVER drink the recommended amount of water per day!

Feel free to take the survey yourself at this link.

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