One of our early years teachers has developed problems with her voice that she suspects may have something to do with her role. She has had some time off sick and has seen her GP but the problem has not improved. Is it possible that voice loss is an occupational injury and if so how should we handle the issue?

Q

One of our early years teachers has developed problems with her voice that she suspects may have something to do with her role. She has had some time off sick and has seen her GP but the problem has not improved. Is it possible that voice loss is an occupational injury and if so how should we handle the issue?

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Voice strain is very common in teaching and jobs where the voice is used extensively. It is calculated that about 70,000 teaching days are lost to voice strain annually.

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