Speech Pathology

Your voice is one of the most important aspects of everyday life, yet many of us take it for granted. When there is a problem with speech associated with a medical condition, it can have a far-reaching impact on a person’s day-to-day experience. Ascentist Healthcare Speech Medicine specialists can help you discover the cause of your speech-related condition and provide answers, treatment, and a path forward for your voice.

A speech doctor examines a patient's throat for existing medical issues.

What Is Speech Medicine?

Challenges in speech and communication are not just functional concerns, but may also be caused by a physical medical condition. Ascentist Healthcare speech medicine specialists are here to listen, support, and help guide you toward clearer communication, a more confident voice, and improved overall health.

Speech medicine is an interdisciplinary field that overlaps with Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) medical care. ENT specialists, or otolaryngologists, often work in conjunction with speech-language pathologists to provide comprehensive care for patients suffering from conditions that affect their ability to speak, swallow, or even breathe correctly. From congenital issues to acquired conditions like vocal cord injuries, the scope of speech medicine is broad and offers essential interventions for improving quality of life.

Ascentist Healthcare ENT specialists use a multifaceted approach when it comes to speech medicine. While our team offers medical expertise, technology, and techniques, we believe that a patient’s insights, feelings, and feedback are invaluable to their care. This collaborative approach ensures that the treatment is not just medically sound but also emotionally resonant, truly addressing the unique needs of each patient.

If you are struggling with a condition or discomfort affecting your speech, call Ascentist Healthcare today and speak with our team of patient advocates to schedule your first appointment today.

A woman suffering from a speech-related health condition touches her painful throat area.
  • Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Presbylaryngis
  • Stuttering
  • Cluttering
  • Apraxia
  • Dysarthria
  • Dysphagia
  • Oropharyngeal Dysphagia
  • Esophageal Dysphagia
  • Zenker’s Diverticulum
A speech medicine specialist examines a man’s throat and neck in a medical office.
  • Antibiotics
  • Corticosteroids
  • Botulinum Toxin Injections
  • Microlaryngoscopy
  • Laryngeal Framework Surgery
  • Dilation Procedures
  • Zenker’s Diverticulectomy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Swallowing Therapy
  • Voice Therapy

What types of professionals are involved in speech medicine?
In addition to ENT specialists, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and sometimes neurologists are involved in speech medicine.

Is speech therapy effective for all ages?
Yes, speech therapy can be effective for individuals across all age groups, from infants to the elderly.

Are all voice issues treatable?
While most are treatable or manageable, the effectiveness of treatment can vary depending on the underlying condition.

How long does it typically take to see improvements?
The duration for improvement varies widely depending on the condition and the treatment methods used.

Can lifestyle changes improve speech disorders?
Absolutely. For instance, hydration and vocal rest can significantly improve many vocal cord disorders.

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