Communication: A basic right for hospitalized patients

Each month I write an article for the HealthyBody section of a locally distributed newspaper. May being Better Speech and Hearing month seemed a perfect time to highlight the importance of access to communication no matter what your underlying condition or medical...

People with Parkinson’s Apply Here: Must be able to speak at 70dB

Job Description: Communication Partner Part-time considered-Full time preferred. Requirements: Must be able to communicate with voice that is at least 70dB at a social distance. Must be able to hear and process language accurately. Must be able to retrieve words and...

June is Dysphagia and Aphasia Awareness Month: take the quiz

Dysphagia and Aphasia are sound alike medical terms and the symptoms sometimes occur in the same patient, particularly following a stroke, but while the meanings are quite different, the impact on quality of life is equally devastating for some people. Dysphagia,...

When Anxiety Causes Difficulty Speaking

At last week’s weekly speech class, The LOUD Crowd, I asked each of the members to share a communication challenge and a goal for improvement. Interestingly, 6/12 people reported “anxiety” as a major contributor to their speech and communication difficulties. Anxiety,...