Speaking Difficulty is a type of communication disorder wherein normal speech is disrupted. Speaking Difficulty can mean lisps, and stuttering. Speaking Difficulty can affect the way a person creates sounds to form words. Speaking Difficulty affects the vocal cords, muscles, nerves and other structures within the throat. The primary cause of Speaking Difficulty includes strokes, vocal cord damage, brain damage, respiratory weakness, and muscle weakness, among others. Depending upon the cause of the condition, several symptoms are present such as elongating words, frustration while communicating, blinking several times while talking, hoarseness and many more.
HOW IS SPEAKING DIFFICULTY DIAGNOSED?
The condition is self diagnosed. Mostly, children are expected to grow out of a lisp or stuttering by the time they are five. If older kids continue to have problems with speech, a speech specialist will conduct physical tests to see if there is any physical condition causing the problem. This is done with the help of imaging tests.
HOW IS SPEAKING DIFFICULTY TREATED?
The ENT specialist will recommend undergoing speech or language therapy. At times use of different devices are suggested for improvement in delivering speech. In certain cases surgery is advised as well.
DID YOU KNOW?
Patients suffering from ailments such as multiple sclerosis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis can totally lose their ability to speak.