As they age, most adults will experience some level of hearing loss during their lifetime. Since age-related hearing loss, or presbycusis, is gradual, many people don’t fully realize how profound of an effect it can have on communication. When even small portions of other people’s speech is unintelligible, the message as a whole can be lost. This struggle with spoken conversation can lead to isolation as well as depression and a lack of social stimulation.
There are several individuals who can help when a person experiences hearing loss. First, an audiologist can assess hearing ability and determine what type of assistive hearing device is best for the individual given their day-to-day activities and particular type of hearing loss. A speech-language pathologist can also be very helpful in dealing with hearing loss. A speech therapist is professionally trained to help maximize communication and help others speak and listen to the best of their ability. A speech-language pathologist can help in the world of hearing loss in several ways. First, they play an integral role in helping the individual and their family to understand their particular type of hearing loss and how it will affect them on a day-to-day basis. They may also provide counseling on how communication strategies can be tailored to best communicate in the presence of hearing loss. Second, the speech-language pathologist may work with the patient to “learn to listen” with their hearing loss by focusing on the range of sounds that are clear to them, distinguishing between them, and using them to better understand the speech of others. Making use of non-verbal communication skills such as facial expression, gesture, and lip-reading may also be addressed.
Do you think that you or someone you know may benefit from the services of a speech-language pathologist? Contact Speech Associates of New York at 917-841-2965 or visit us on the web at www.speechassociatesofny.com. We’ll pair you with one of our trained and certified speech-language pathologists who can provide in-home therapy to help address your speech, language, and communication needs.