Speech pathologists evaluate, diagnose and treat speech, cognitive, communication and swallowing disorders. They can assist patients in recovering their speaking, eating, listening, reading, thinking and writing skills.
Speech Pathology has treatment programs for the following issues:
- Adult Speech/Language and Cognition
- Disfluent speech (stuttering)
- Swallowing Disorders (including electric stimulation)
- Loss of voice
- Throat spasms
- Voice restoration following total laryngectomy
Speech-language pathologists evaluate patients and develop treatment plans to promote maximum improvement.
The Voice and Swallowing Care Center provides specialized, advanced equipment for the evaluation of voice and swallowing disorders. Highly trained speech-language pathologists work with ear, nose and throat physicians (otolaryngologists) to perform evaluations such as:
- Acoustic analyses of vocal function
- FEES (fiber optic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing)
- FEEST (FEES + sensory testing)
- Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) by passing a flexible scope to view the throat while patient swallows
- Evaluation of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease; heartburn)
- Laryngeal function for patients undergoing phonosurgery
- Laryngeal videoendostroboscopy, which allows for detailed visualization of throat (“voice box”)
- Neuromuscular electrical stimulation for the treatment of swallowing.
- pH monitoring
- Specialized dysphagia services include: Videoswallow, where a motion video x-ray is taken while patient swallows.
- Transnasal esophagoscopy
- Video swallowing
- VitalStim dysphagia program
- Vocal Cord Augmentation in which a synthetic material is injected into the vocal cords to correct vocal cord insufficiency.
- Vocal Cord Denervation in which Botox is injected into the vocal cords to relax muscles and relieve difficulty speaking.