Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement. It impacts the dopamine-producing cells in the brain, leading to tremors, stiffness, and difficulty with movement. However, Parkinson’s Disease can also have a significant impact on speech. One treatment option for speech problems related to Parkinson’s Disease is assistive devices, such as speech amplifiers, a delayed auditory feedback device, or other communication apps. In this blog post, SpeechEasy will explore how Parkinson’s Disease affects speech and ways to mitigate these effects.

Parkinson’s Disease and Speech

Speech-related challenges are prevalent in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, affecting up to 90% of patients and exerts a substantial impact on their overall well-being. These challenges encompass a variety of issues, including soft or mumbled speech, as well as potential loss of speech.

  1. Hypophonia: This refers to soft speech and is a common symptom of Parkinson’s Disease. People with hypophonia may struggle to speak loudly enough, making it difficult for others to hear them.
  2. Dysarthria: This is a condition that affects the muscles used for speech. People with dysarthria may struggle with articulation, making verbal communication difficult to understand. They may also have slurred speech, speak too quickly or slowly, or have difficulty controlling the pitch and volume of their voice.
  3. Monotone Speech: Parkinson’s Disease can also cause people to speak in a monotone voice. This tone can make their speech sound robotic or flat, which is difficult for others to understand their emotions.

Treating Speech Problems in Parkinson’s Disease

Effective management of speech difficulties associated with Parkinson’s Disease is attainable through available treatments. One of the best treatments is speech therapy, which can help people with Parkinson’s Disease improve their speech clarity, volume, and intonation. Speech therapy can also help people with Parkinson’s Disease learn techniques to help them speak more clearly and loudly. Other treatment options include assistive devices, such as speech amplifiers, delayed auditory feedback device, or communication apps. These devices can help people with Parkinson’s Disease reduce the chance of developing stutter and speak clearly, making it easier for others to understand them.

Delayed Auditory Feedback Device | SpeechEasy

At SpeechEasy, our team collaboratively assesses its suitability for you, ensuring it aligns with your unique needs. Through personalized guidance from a trained SpeechEasyPD Provider, you’ll explore the potential benefits of SpeechEasyPD in alleviating Parkinson’s speech difficulties. Using the device and accompanying software, your Provider will evaluate improvements in speech intelligibility. This hands-on evaluation empowers you to make an informed decision about  delayed auditory feedback device and other stutter device technology.

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