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Hoarseness Prevention and Treatment Tips

Hoarseness Prevention and Treatment Tips

Hoarseness is a voice disorder in which a person faces abnormal voice changes. A hoarse voice may sound rough, breathy, strained and raspy and there may even be changes in the tone, pitch and volume of the voice. This voice disorder happens due to malformations in the vocal folds or the vocal cord, which are the main organs responsible for one’s voice. While breathing, the vocal folds remain apart, and while speaking or singing, they come together. Sound is produced when they vibrate while air leaves the lungs. Swelling or lumps on the vocal folds prevent them from coming together properly, which makes a change in the voice, resulting in a common form of voice disorder called hoarseness. Clinics that offer professional services in hoarseness treatment in Kolkata, agree on the common cause of hoarseness being acute laryngitis which occurs due to swelling from common cold, viral infection in upper respiratory tract, or irritation caused due to excessive voice use like screaming. Fortunately there are other causes of hoarseness that are temporary, and tend to go away with time. However, certain disorders like keratosis in the focal fold can lead to cancer. Some unusual causes of hoarseness include allergies, thyroid problems, neurological disorders, trauma received by the voice box, and sometimes even the normal menstrual cycle. It is, therefore, necessary to prevent before any serious damage happens to your precious voice, because prevention is always better than cure. Professional Speech Language Pathologists at clinics dealing with hoarseness treatment in Kolkata […]

Myths and Facts of Stammering Treatment

There are some common myths about stammering problems and it is our duty to eradicate them by pointing out the facts. Some common bad habits that originate from these myths are keeping oneself in isolation, feeling guilty, feeling the need of hiding stammering problems, feeling inferior or socially backward or fearing failures. Let us have a glance at the popular myths and the facts about stammering (or stuttering) problems.  1.        Myth: Stammering people are not smart.              Fact: There is no link at all between stammering and intelligence. 2.        Myth: Stammering is caused from nervousness, anxiety or a traumatic incident.              Fact: Stammering is not caused from nervousness, neither is it a psychological problem. Also, it is not right to assume that stammering people are prone to be nervous, anxious, or shy. Even non-stammering people can be as shy and reserved as them. There are many stutterers who are very open and outgoing. 3.         Myth: Stammering can be “caught” by imitating others or by listening to another person stutter.               Fact: Stammering is not a contagious disease that would be “caught”. Although the exact causes of stammering are not yet known, but recent research indicates that it might arise from hereditary or genetic causes, neuromuscular development, and the child’s environment as well. 4.          Myth: It is helpful to tell a stammering person to […]

How to cure Stammering Problem

Stammering, also termed as stuttering, is a common speech disorder in which a person has an interrupted flow of speech with involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, usually vowels or semivowels, syllables, words or phrases. It is also characterised with having repetitive breaks or pauses in between words or phrases or abnormal hesitation before speaking. It can be treated by performing various therapies, like, fluency shaping therapy, modification therapy, diaphragmatic breathing, and many more. Stammering therapy in Kolkata is performed by various speech language pathologists, like, Mr. Somenath Mukherjee, Mr. Mainak Santra, Mr. Probir Karmakar, Mr. Kuntal Sarkar, Mr. Abhishek Chakraborty, Mr. Somesh Bhattacherjee and others. Some very effective methods of treating stammering problems are developing slow rate of speech, helping with effortless speech production, breathing exercises and educating parents to help their children. There are certain stammering problems that are not easy to detect, and to do so, very skilled Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) are required. It should be kept in mind, however, that there are certain stuttering problems which cannot be completely cured of, but they can be controlled by performing various therapies. Many therapists prefer the learning strategies to treat stammerers, such as the speed reduction, breathing regulation, progressing gradually from single-syllabled word pronunciations to longer words, and eventually to long and complex sentences. Another effective approach towards treating stammering problems is the comprehensive approach, in which the emphasis is given on changing the attitude of the stammerer towards communication. It is to see the positive side to […]

Speech Therapy Types And Benefits For Kids With Stammering Problems

There are times when the child is unable to understand and express languages or finds it difficult in pronouncing the words that might divest in language development as well as communication skills. There are numerous kinds of speech defects that happen due to different problems. The most common type of speech problem that is spotted with children is the delayed speech and language development. Speech defects can occur due to severe injuries or some medical condition as well. Speech therapy is a method with the help of which one can improve their child’s ability to understand and remember the language with the help of different types of methods and learning techniques for improving communication skills and language development. Speech therapy consists of two methods that enhance the language development: Verbal Technique: In this type of speech therapy technique, mouth coordination is done to produce sounds that make words and sentences. This particular method is to control the fluency and volume of a child. Comprehending the alphabets and its consecutive uses for the formation of words and sentences is very important. The verbal technique helps the child to understand the basics of the language. With a little bit of hard work and determination from both the speech therapist and the child, the language can be understood easily in a convenient way. Understanding And Expressing Technique: This technique trains the child to address the language with the help of written signs and include pictures. These days, there are numerous interactive and engaging […]

Free Speech is now official: Pronunciation Therapy for the Modern Corporate

The state of corporate affairs and lifestyle is changing and apart from your educational qualification and skills, one of the most important aspects that H.R managers closely monitor is communication skills. The corporate ecosystem is highly communication based across industry and it is no longer based on textual context. While the 90’s and early 2000’s was dependent on textual communication like fax, and mail, thanks to digital advancement, the corporate system is quickly becoming highly communicative over channels. Employees are needed to be present on conference calls, meetings are held over Skype, there are presentations to be done every day and hence speech and communication is now a career enhancing skill or aspect that decides how your career progresses. One of the speech problems that many seem to suffer from is pronunciation problem. We are not talking about the kind where you end up pronouncing a word incorrectly because of your mother -tongue’s influence; we are talking about graver pronunciation problems that arise due to physiological or developmental disorders pertinent from childhood. Pronunciation problems can be of many kinds. It could be either a problem with articulation, it could be a phonological disorder, or it could be due to childhood apraxia of speech. Articulation Problems: This problem deals with the replacement of certain sounds with another sound that causes the word to be articulated in a wrong way. For e.g, replacing the ‘ra’ sound with ‘wa’ sound. While this is apparent and pertinent in children, adults suffer from this problem […]

Learn to speak like a boss: Corporate Language Pathology for better success in your corporate life.

In India, the competition in the corporate sphere is intense and ever difficult. Here, it is not only your skill and contributions in work that decide your ascent in the game but also your personality and presence. Speech is considered the base of persona, and it is with speech that many suffer. This keeps some of the brightest and the most hardworking people from finding the improvement in the corporate sphere that they deserve. Here is why and how you can pave way for better success in your corporate journey. Diction and Throw Diction and throw is extremely important in speech. It makes speech clearer and lets the speaker communicate freely with more dominance. This is extremely important in the corporate professional sphere as each word you speak shapes your experience there. Many people have speech problems like stuttering, pronunciation and lisping problems. This results in decreased confidence in them which in terms becomes a barrier in their corporate life. Many go through this ordeal and are stuck in a rut because they are not aware of the fact that these problems can be worked upon and improved with the help of speech and language therapy. At Speech Plus, there are specialized corporate speech language therapy courses designed especially for these problems. The integrated courses aim at achieving the best results in the quickest time possible because time is very precious and little at hand considering the present corporate scenario. Enhanced Personality Speech contributes to at least over 60 % […]

Hoarse for the long course: Why Singers and Voice performers should consult a voice and speech therapist regularly

    “The only thing better than singing is more singing” – Elle Fitzgerald   But more singing may also cause troubles. One very common voice problems among singers and vocal performers is that of hoarseness. The hoarseness of the throat can be because of multiple reasons. Hoarseness could result out of an infection, inflammation, dryness of vocal cords, allergies, stress, cysts or nodules, and improper speech techniques. Of these singers and vocal performers mostly suffer from hoarseness due to dryness of vocal cords, over stress on vocal cords, and at times improper speech technique. While performers and singers at times do consult speech therapists, vocal coaches or doctors when they are affected by voice disorders as hoarseness, it is not a common habit for them to consult with vocal coaches or performers regularly. But that should be the case. Here are a few reasons why. Hoarseness can be prevented Singers and voice performers can prevent voice disorders like hoarseness of the throat from happening. Yes, it is preventable.  Recently, a reputed underground singer had lost her voice midway through a show and that caused a lot of panic. She is now undergoing voice therapy in Kolkata. This could have been prevented if she was consulting a voice therapist regularly. A regular visit to the voice therapist or speech therapist really helps as the therapist can conduct a complete evaluation of the condition of the vocal cords and diagnose if there is a risk of developing any kind of discomfort […]

Having speech problems? What you should do?

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Are you having speech problems? You may also have a young child who may be suffering from language disorder. Whatever may be the speech problem you must not neglect it and take steps to treat the same? Speech Plus is one of the leading speech disorder treatment clinics in Kolkata. We will try to give you a basic idea about types of speech disorders. We will also provide you with solutions for such problems related to speech. Different types of Speech problems: Speech disorders may be of different types. It could affect the way a person creates sounds to form words. Certain voice disorders may also be considered speech problems as well. One of the most commonly experienced speech and language disorder is called stuttering or stammering. Other types of speech disorders include: Apraxia: This is a motor speech disorder caused by damage to the various parts of the brain which are related to speaking Dysarthria: a motor speech disorder in which the muscles of the mouth, face, or respiratory system may become weak or have difficulty moving There are persons with speech disorders are aware of what they would like to say. However they may be unable to articulate their thoughts. This could lead to self-esteem issues and even cause depression. Speech disorders can affect both adults and children. Research shows that in most types of Speech problems early treatment to a large extent can correct these conditions. What you can do to treat the speech problems? Generally it […]

How Speech Therapists helps in treating language disorder in Kolkata?

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It is estimated that about 11 to 12 million people suffer from stammering in India. It is a common problem which affects many. However, with Speech Therapy under a competent Speech therapists, this speech and voice disorder can indeed be overcome. This is especially true if it is detected and treated early with the right speech language pathology treatment. In this blog we will try to make you aware about the many benefits of speech therapy and about speech therapy in Kolkata. Let us however first try to understand who a speech therapist is. Speech Therapists: Who they are? Speech therapists is also known as a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLPs). According to Wikipedia “Speech and language therapist, or speech therapist, is one who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders, cognition, voice disorders, and swallowing disorders“. How speech therapy is helpful? Speech therapy can help treat speech disorders in many ways. This includes Articulation Skills and treating Speech Intelligibility. Intelligibility refers to how well people are able to follow a child’s speech. If a child’s articulation skills are compromised for some reason, his or her intelligibility gets decreased in comparison to that of other children his age. They can also help to improve the child’s expressive language skills. Listening skills are important for speech. A SLP can help a child to develop listening skills and also the child’s ability to listen and understand languages. Stuttering is a very common speech disorder affecting many. It is characterized by […]

Relation between Hearing ability and Speech development

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It is a well recognized fact that there is a close relation between hearing ability and speech development. It has often been seen that children having hearing problems also suffer from speech problems. If this hearing loss develops early, then there would be more serious effects on the child’s speech development. That’s why according to speech language pathologists, early identification of any type of hearing loss is essential in children so that early intervention can help treat the problem. Hearing loss and speech development in children There are four major ways in which hearing loss affects children: 1.  Hearing loss may cause a delay in the development of receptive and expressive communication skills both i.e speech as well as language. This means vocabulary development gets delayed in hearing impaired child. The gap in vocabulary in children with hearing loss and normal children starts to widen as the child grows old. Thus the child may not be able to express him or herself easily. Apart from these children suffering from hearing loss may not hear their own voices while they are speaking. Speech Language Pathologists say that for this reason they may speak too loudly or not loud enough. The child may also have a speaking pitch that is too high. They may sound like they are mumbling. This is because of poor stress, poor inflection, or also poor rate of speaking. 1.    The child suffering from hearing loss also has speech language deficit. This in turn causes learning problems that […]