Aphonia means the complete loss of the ability to speak. Aphonia can be a confusing and difficult disorder. Without your voice, you may feel helpless and even simple tasks like swallowing food may be painful. Treatment includes speech therapy and psychotherapy. A speech-language pathologist will be able to help the patient relearn functional speech habits.
A person’s voice with dysphonia sounds labored, wheezy or constricted. Treatment includes speech therapy and psychotherapy. A speech-language pathologist will be able to help the patient relearn functional speech habits.
Stuttering is most commonly associated with involuntary sound repetition. The impact of stuttering on a person’s functioning and emotional state is devastating.
This may include:
• Fears of being caught stuttering in social situations
• Self-imposed isolation
• Feeling of “loss of control” during speech
The disorder is variable, which means that in certain situations the stuttering might be more severe or less, depending on the anxiety level connected with that activity.
Dysarthria is known as slurred speech.
It is characterized by:
• Poor pronunciation of words
• Change in speed during talking
• Change of rhythm during talking
Treatment includes working with a speech language pathologist to:
• Slow the rate of speech
• Increase mouth, tongue and lip movements
• Improve articulation
Slurred speech may accompany other symptoms:
• Balance problems
• Difficulty walking
• Blurred/double vision
• Difficulty with memory, thinking, talking, comprehension, writing or reading
• Numbness or tingling
• Vision problems
• Difficulty swallowing
• Muscle twitching
• Muscle weakness