During May, Better Speech and Hearing Month, Hannibal Regional Hospital speech therapists are joining the national effort to raise awareness about speech, language and swallowing disorders.
Hannibal Regional Hospital speech therapists, can help people of all ages by providing treatments that can improve the quality of life. Speech language pathologists are professionals trained to evaluate, diagnose and treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. They hold at least a master’s degree and are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. They are also licensed by the state.
Hannibal Regional Hospital employs four full time speech-language pathologists, bringing a much needed service to our community, by providing speech, language, and swallowing therapy on an inpatient and outpatient basis for both pediatric and adult patients. They also fulfill outside contracts and Home Health services.
Speech, language and swallowing disorders can take many forms and can limit academic achievement, social adjustment, and career advancement. An individual may be born with a speech, language, or swallowing disorder or it may be caused by accidental injury or illness. An estimated one in ten people will have a speech, language or swallowing disorder.
There are several symptoms that may indicate that an individual may benefit from the services the Hannibal Regional Hospital speech-language pathologists have to offer, including:
- Stutter (have dysfluent speech);
- Articulation problems (‘wabbit’ instead of ‘rabbit’);
- Language disorders such as the slow development or loss of vocabulary, concepts, or grammar;
- Voice disorders (nasal, breathy, or hoarse voice and speech that is too high);
- Swallowing difficulties (coughing or choking while eating/drinking).
More information, for individuals who suspect they or a loved one has a communication or swallowing disorder, is available at 573-248-5346.