Voice Ergonomics: Occupational and Professional Voice Care
A well-functioning voice is part of the professional skills needed in many occupations. Although voice is an important communication tool, it is more than that: it is something which reflects human identity. The need for speech and voice is growing in spite of increasing technology applications; even instruments and technical equipment are guided by voice.
The number of people having voice problems is increasing, which implies that voice does not always function according to the speakers’ needs. Voice ergonomics has been developed for improving voice health and care. This book offers background knowledge and concrete guidelines on how to improve communication environments and practices for decreasing voice loading.
Eeva Sala, MD, PhD, is a specialist in ENT and Laryngology, and is Associate Professor in Phoniatrics in the Medical Faculty at the University of Turku, Finland. She has 62 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, in the fields of voice, speech hearing, voice disorders and acoustics, and noise conditions in preschools and school classrooms, to her credit. Her publications also include 144 other scientific and professional articles, eight chapters in professional medical books, and two books.
Leena Rantala, PhD, is Associate Professor in Logopaedics, at the University of Oulu, Finland, and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Logopaedics at the University of Tampere, Finland. Her publications include 28 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, two books and one book chapter.
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