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
- Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) by passing a flexible scope to view the throat while patient swallows.
- Loss of voice
- Neuromuscular electrical stimulation for the treatment of swallowing.
- Specialized dysphagia services include: Videoswallow, where a motion video x-ray is taken while patient swallows.
- Swallowing Disorders(including electric stimulation)
- Throat spasms
- 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.
- 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:
- Laryngeal videoendostroboscopy, which allows for detailed visualization of throat (“voice box”)
- FEEST (FEES + sensory testing)
- Evaluation of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease; heartburn)
- Transnasal esophagoscopy
- pH monitoring
- Acoustic analyses of vocal function
- Laryngeal function for patients undergoing phonosurgery
Learn more about esophageal conditions.