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.
In Blog section
- Accent Modification, Accent Reduction
- Adult Aural Rehabilitation
- Apraxia of Speech in Adults
- Apraxia of Speech in Children
- Assistive Technology
- Auditory Processing Disorders
- Aural Rehabilitation for the Treatment of Speech Disorders in Children
- Hearing Aids for Children
- Cochlear Implants
- Hearing Aids
- Hearing Loss in Adults
- Hearing Loss in Children
- Hearing Protection
- Language-Based Learning Disabilities
- Speech Sound Disorders
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Voice Disorders