Happy Better Speech and Hearing Month! May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about communication disorders and to promoting treatment of these disorders. It is a time to educate the public on treatments that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with swallowing, voice, or communication – whether it be speaking, understanding, reading, writing, remembering (cognitive linguistic skills) and/or hearing. Here at Helen Hayes Hospital, May is a time to truly educate the public on our Speech and Hearing staff and the specialized services we offer.
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Audiologists (Auds) are the professions concerned with the prevention, identification, and treatment of communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders. We have twelve SLPs and 1 Aud on staff. All of our SLPs are New York State licensed and certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association. We have several staff members who have gone on further in their training and have received certification in highly specialized testing and treatment procedures. We have staff trained in the use of FEES, DPNS, and Vital Stim, each of which are highly specialized programs in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders. Our SLPs also specialize in cognitive remediation, aphasia therapy, coma stimulation, and working with patients with trachs and/or vents.
In addition to the above-mentioned evaluations and treatments performed, our outpatient department also evaluates and treats the pediatric population with various communication and swallowing difficulties. We are also very proud to offer The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Program (LSVT Loud). The LSVT Loud Program is a type of treatment designed to improve both the voice and speech of individuals with Parkinson’s disease. This is the first type of speech treatment with level one based evidence and established efficacy for treating voice and speech disorders in individuals with Parkinson’s disease, with applications to other neurological disorders (stroke, MS and others).
Should you or someone you know require the services of a speech language pathologist or audiologist, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Director Speech Language Audiology