Adults may experience speech and language difficulties for a variety of reasons. This may include a person’s ability to speak clearly, understand others or express their wants and needs.
This may occur as a result of diseases such as stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or other medical conditions.
Adults may also experience difficulties with stuttering/fluency and voice disorders.
A voice disorder is a condition affecting features of your voice that will compromise your ability to use your voice normally.
It can affect one or all of the aspects of your voice, including pitch, volume, quality (e.g. hoarseness), and resonance (e.g. sounding nasal).
Anyone, irrespective of age or gender can be affected by a voice disorder, however, people who are required to use their voice excessively for work (e.g. teachers, call centre operators) are more likely to develop a voice disorder, particularly if care is not taken.
Speech pathologists can assist with communication difficulties, rehabilitation post-stroke, following a loss of voice, and assist in modifying accents.