Hearing, Speech, Language, or Swallowing Problems?

May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month. According to Speech-Language and Audiology Canada, 1 in 6 Canadians has a speech, language or hearing problem. 

Speech-language pathologists can provide therapy to help with language, speech and swallowing.

senior man, hearing aid, older adults, microphone, speech, communication, language, speaking(Source Photos: Man JD Mason & Microphone Matt Bottsford; Blended Photo: A Hamilton)

Older adults and seniors may experience swallowing and communication problems such as difficulty speaking or understanding, voice problems, or cognitive problems (thinking and memory), for a variety of reasons including: 

Audiologists can help with hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), balance problems and other auditory disorders.

Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic disability in older adults, affecting 80% of nursing home residents, and 20% of senior citizens over the age of 65. Hearing, balance and other auditory disorders experienced by older adults and seniors may have as their root cause:

  • Aging 
  • Noise exposure
  • Heredity
  • Middle ear dysfunction
  • Medications that affect hearing
  • Neurological diseases (e.g., stroke)
  • Head injury
  • Tumors

Help is available and early detection of any problems and early intervention with therapy, is the most effective solution.

**This article is for general informational purposes only. Obtain expert medical or legal advice from a qualified practitioner about your unique situation.**

Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & baby boomer writer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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