Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, evaluate, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.
Additionally, SLPs may provide aural rehabilitation and/or auditory training for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing; provide augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for individuals with severe expressive and/or language comprehension disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder or progressive neurological disorders; and work with people who don’t have speech, language, or swallowing disorders, but want to learn how to communicate more effectively (e.g., work on accent modification or other forms of communication enhancement).
Intervention always begins with a comprehensive evaluation to identify the individual’s strengths and areas of need, and establish an individualized plan of care.
“The general perception is that hearing loss is a relatively inconsequential part of aging,” says Frank Lin, an otologist and epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. But recent findings, he says, suggest that it may play a much more important role in brain health than we’ve previously thought. Studies are showing that treating hearing loss more aggressively can help stave off cognitive decline and dementia.
Studies are also showing that the more severe your hearing loss, the more likely you are to develop dementia. This makes sense- when you struggle to hear, your brain is receiving less stimulation, and you are less likely to socialize in groups. Social isolation has been linked to cognitive decline and dementia. The good news? Wearing hearing aids can reduce your risk and actually improve cognition, especially when combined with auditory rehabilitation!
Diane is dedicated to helping you or your loved ones overcome their speech disorder. Contact Sound Answers Hearing & Speech today to find out how we can help with personalized treatment plans.