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Technology helps with swallow exercise treatment

Speech therapists regularly develop and train clients in swallow exercises to help treat swallow difficulty caused by muscle weakness or dysfunction. Like any exercise program, the best results occur when the exercises are done regularly and repeatedly over time. Research has shown that for many patients with swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) caused by a medical condition [...]

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Think LOUD: Improving Your Voice with Parkinson’s Disease

Written by: Heather Lindert, Graduate Student Intern, M.S., CF-SLP The evidence-based Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program has been extensively researched and utilized with individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. The research found that for many individuals, the improvements in voice using the LSVT techniques lasted up to two years after completing the therapy program. What does LSVT treatment [...]

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What do I do about my allergies?

Written by: John Nash, M.D. Allergies are among the most common health concerns, with more than 50 million people afflicted with asthma, seasonal hay fever or other allergy-related conditions each year. Allergies can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic class. Generally, allergies are more common in children, however, a first-time occurrence can [...]

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Having difficulty swallowing after cancer treatment?

Normal speech and swallow function is a delicate balance of strength and agility in the lips, tongue and throat muscles. Any weakness, loss of flexibility or change in anatomy can cause speech and/or swallowing disruption and discomfort. While changes to your voice/speech may cause frustration, worsening of your swallowing safety can affect your nutrition and [...]

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Swallowing Difficulties after Spinal Surgery

Swallowing difficult (dysphagia) is a common complication of spinal surgery.  Studies suggest that as many as 60 percent of patients experience some difficulty swallowing within the first two or three weeks after surgery.  Patients who received an anterior approach (through the front of the neck) are more likely to experience dysphagia. Previous thought was that [...]

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Getting help for ear infections

Written by: John Nash, M.D. Ear infections are all too common among young children, and they create a great deal of pressure and stress for parents. Most ear infections get better on their own in a day or two. Unlike a cold, which is nearly always a viral infection, an ear infection is often bacterial. [...]

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Healthy Voice for the Holidays

The holidays are about getting together with friends and family, sharing food and stories. One of the last things you probably want to happen is to have your voice suddenly hoarse, raspy or harsh sounding. Unfortunately, many people have the start of voice concerns during the holiday season due to both increased stress, and frequent [...]

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Are you finding it difficult to swallow after cardiac surgery?

Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) has been identified as a post-surgery complication during heart and carotid artery surgeries. Although occurring in just a small percentage of patients, less than five percent, unexpected new-onset dysphagia can be devastating to both medical and emotional recovery. In both procedures, surgeons are operating in close proximity to the cranial nerves controlling [...]

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Being mindful of hearing during aging process

Written by: Elizabeth Gorman, Au. D. with Agnesian HealthCare Hearing loss affects nearly 36 million adults in the United States. Impaired hearing may be caused by many things. Older people are the largest group affected by hearing loss. The contributors range from excessive noise, drugs, viral or bacterial infections, head injury or head tumors, stroke and [...]

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Hearing and Workplace Success

No matter your profession, the age of people staying in the workplace is increasing.  According to the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, there are about 36 million American adults with hearing loss and of those 26 million are under the age of retirement. To maximize their productivity and continue working, adults will [...]

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