Q1. Who are the speech language pathologist /Speech therapist?

These are the professionals trained for the assessment and treatment of all kinds of communication disorders. They should have the following qualification:

  • B.Sc. (Hons.)Speech and Hearing/B.Sc. Speech and Hearing/Bachelor in Audiology and speech language Pathology(BASLP)
  • M.Sc. Speech language pathology/M.Sc. speech and hearing/ MASLP. Certified by Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) with specific CRR NO.
  • DHLS is diploma course in the field of speech and hearing and these professional are trained to work as speech therapist assistant/audiologist assistant. They are not speech therapist or audiologist and they can only work under the supervision of speech language pathologist/speech therapist/audiologist.

NOTE: Before Taking consultation / treatment you should validate with RCI Number ( CRR number ) like MCI number

Q2. How do I know that my child is delayed in Speech and language and what is exact age to start speech therapy?

  • If your child is not showing an indication of communication using sound,  or gestures, especially when they need your help
  • If your child is not saying almost 50 different words by the age of two
  • If your child is not using two or more words together, like “more toys”, “play time” etc. by the age of two
  • If your child is not able to generate words spontaneously (only can copy words from others) by the age of two
  • If your child is unable to understand your simple instructions or questions by the age of two
  • If your child is not making longer sentences by the age of three
  • If your child fails to understand your longer word phrases or instructions by the age of three
  • If your child is not asking questions by the age of four
  • If you find your child is struggling to learn new words by the age of four
  • If your child is skipping important words in a sentence by the age of five

If anyone detects any of these signs in child, start treating him/her without any delay.

It will be good to start as early as possible however we are recommending speech therapy whenever you first identify communication problem then consult qualified speech therapist accordingly you may start speech therapy immediately at any age.

Q 3. Dose a Fluent speech makes you feel confident?

Yes, it gives you more confidence when you talk fluently without any break/interruption. Sometimes you face lot of hesitation. When you have fluency problem (Stuttering) .you always try to avoid talking, especially in group / with opposite sex/ higher authority etc. You feel embarrassed in front of others and simultaneously lots of hesitation and avoidance behavior persist. Ignorance at childhood stage may create problem in future and may affect their personal, academic and professional life.

Q4. How do I know when my voice is not healthy and to consult a speech language pathologist/speech Therapist (Voice Therapist)?

  • Has your voice become hoarse or raspy?
  • Have you lost your ability to hit some high notes when singing?
  • Does your voice suddenly sound deeper?
  • Does your throat often feel raw, achy, or strained?
  • Has it become an effort to talk?
  • Do you find yourself repeatedly clearing your throat?
  • Do sometime people say madam on phone although you are a male with more than 14 years of age?
  • Do you speak too softly or too loudly?
  • Does your voice quality is hypernasal?
If any of the above symptoms are present or persist for longer period you should consult to a qualified and experienced voice therapist.

Q 5. How can I identify speech and language disorders among school-age children and what is exact age to start speech therapy?

A. Children may experience one or more of the following disorders:

  • Speech sound disorders ( Misarticulation) – (difficulty pronouncing sounds even after the three years of age e.g. saying tail instead of rail )
  • Language disorders – (difficulty understanding what they hear as well as difficulty in expressing themselves with appropriate grammatical sentences) for e.g-Autism
  • Stuttering/Stammering (fluency) disorders – (interruption of the flow of speech that may include hesitations, repetitions, prolongations of sounds or words)
  • Voice disorders – (quality of voice that may include hoarseness, nasality, volume (too loud or soft), Female like voice of male even after the puberty (a very easily treatable voice disorders).
  • Cognitive communication disorders - (difficulty with thinking skills including perception, memory, awareness, reasoning, judgment, intellect and imagination)For e.g- Mental retardation , Down Syndrome
  • Learning disorder-difficulty in reading and writing (Dyslexia,Dysgraphia)
  • It will be good to start as early as possible however we are recommending speech therapy whenever you first identify speech problem then consult qualified speech therapist accordingly you may start speech therapy immediately at any age.

Q6. Can Speech therapy helpful in Stroke patient to improve the communication?

A. Yes, the speech language problem which results after stroke is called aphasia. The speech language pathologists/speech therapists are trained to do the aphasia assessment and treatment. They work to improve the communication of the patient.

Q7. Does a good voice make you feel better?

A. Definitely yes, It gives you Confidence that you are "someone" that people are listening to you, not tuning you out. Have you noticed during a conversation that people may turn away, forget you, or even ignore you? That may be because your voice isn't representing you as best it can. It doesn't get the attention it, and you, deserve. Once you find your natural voice, you may feel better, be more effective, and be listened to.

Q8. How early can we test a baby for hearing status?

A. We can test a baby at 1st day of his/her birth, with a screening test called OAE.

Q9. What care should be taken after the fitting of a Hearing Aid?

A. Auditory training
Detailed product training & its Maintenance
Monitoring of ear moulds

Q10. What results can be expected after Hearing Aids Fitting in children as well as adult both?

A. There are many factor affect outcomes for both children and adults:-

  • A. Typically, the younger a child who was born Hearing Impaired, The Early identification and early intervention is more important. Degree of hearing loss , Type of hearing Aids , Post H/A fitting Auditory training and Speech Therapy are very important factors .
  • B. In case of Adult, benefit of Hearing Aids depends on degree of hearing loss/ type of Hearing Loss / Pattern of Hearing Loss / Age factors etc .
  • C. Most importunately depend on brand of hearing Aids /Quality / who is doing Programming (Qualified & Experienced Audiologist ) / Post Hearing Aid Fitting services etc.
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