A variety of conditions or injuries may leave some patients with significant deficits in their ability to speak and communicate effectively or eat and drink safely. Inspira Audiology and Speech Language Pathology specialists treat patients to help improve quality of life.
Inspira’s Approach to Audiology and Speech Language Pathology
Audiology and speech language therapy is much more than its name implies. Audiologists and speech language pathologists are specialized in everything that is covered by the term “communication.” This includes speech sounds, language, literacy, social communication, voice, fluency, cognitive issues such as memory, attention and thinking skills, and feeding and swallowing.
Our audiologists and speech language pathologists can help improve speech function, communication skills and swallowing safety in adults and children.
Patients with many different illnesses and conditions may be appropriate for audiology and speech-language therapy as part of their rehabilitation program, including health issues as a result of brain injuries, stroke, spinal cord injuries, pulmonary disease, oral or throat cancer treatment or Parkinson’s disease.
As a result, they may need treatment for:
- Aphasia and language disorders
- Social Language
- Cognitive-linguistic impairments (memory, attention, problem solving, etc.)
- Speech and sound articulation dysfunction
- Dysphagia: chewing and swallowing problems
- Oral/motor issues
- Vocal nodules, polyps, and other voice disorders
- Middle ear dysfunction
- Central auditory processing problems
- Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC)
- LSVT BIG® & LOUD® for Parkinson’s
- McNeil Dysphagia Swallowing Program (MDTP)
Speech therapy can play an important role in successful rehabilitation, helping patients return to regular activities.
Inspira’s Rehabilitation Services incorporates the use of VitalStim® technique for its patients. VitalStim© Therapy is a safe and effective treatment for patients suffering with difficulty swallowing or dysphagia. It was developed in response to the 15 million Americans living with dysphagia today. VitalStim® Therapy is a non-invasive, external electrical stimulation therapy that is FDA-approved. The therapy uses specifically designed electrodes applied to the muscles of the throat to promote proper swallowing.