Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Difficulty Speaking

I have a hard time speaking clearly, and simply cannot pronounce many words properly, it seems like my voice cuts off due to a lack of airflow in my nasal passage. I base this conclusion on the fact that my voice seems to cut off behind my nose, and it is very difficult to project my voice, or speak with a higher volume. I have had this problem since I was about 12 years old, I've been to an Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist, and he told me I have a deviated septum and post nasal drip. My question is, what effect does a deviated septum have on speech, and will it improve my speech if I got a septoplasty?

 Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...

In some cases, a deviated septum affects resonance for speech, which may explain some of the difficulty you are experiencing. To gain a more thorough understanding of your speech/ voice/ resonance disorder, I would suggest that you see a speech pathologist for a thorough evaluation. A speech pathologist will be able to offer you insight as to whether surgery is your only option for improvement.
Good luck to you.

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