Share Share Share May 31, 2016 Health & Beauty 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.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: StrokeHead injuryParkinson's Disease and other neurological diseasesTumoursRespiratory illnessesMedication side-effectsAlzheimers Disease and other types of dementiaPsychiatric disorders(Photo: Speech Connection of Florida)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 exposureHeredityMiddle ear dysfunctionMedications that affect hearingNeurological diseases (e.g., stroke)Head injuryTumorsHelp is available and early detection of any problems and early intervention with therapy, is the most effective solution.