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Speech and Swallowing Dysfunction

Understanding and Aiding the Complicated Nerve and Muscle Synchrony Needed for These Actions is the Job of the Otolaryngologist

Speaking and swallowing are highly complex actions involving the intricate coordination of brain, nerves, muscles and other areas. Most of us take these two abilities for granted, but they can easily be disrupted The ENT specialist gets 
patients on the right track 
for understanding and 
correcting speech 
problems and for dealing 
with swallowing issues.
developmentally or by age, injury, neurologic events, and psychological factors.

Otolaryngologists are the type of doctor trained to identify and evaluate problems with these two functions, which are based on exquisite synchrony and control of the structures of the mouth and throat, including the tongue, palate, larynx, and pharynx. Challenges in speech are particularly common among young people, and challenges in swallowing are particularly common among the elderly or those who have suffered from stroke or other problems that compromise brain or nerve function trauma.

William Henry, MD
Chief of Aria's 
Division of 
Otolaryngology,
 
sees all ENT patients 
at Aria and directs 
their treatment. He 
performs surgery and 
other procedures for 
Aria ENT patients. 
To schedule an 
appointment, please 
call  215-612-5390.
Aria's ENT specialists can recognize and identify the various forms of speech problems, and can coordinate the best possible care to overcome these conditions. They examine patients for any types of physcial abnormalities that might contribute. They oversee referral for high-quality speech therapy, including from Aria's registered speech therapists (speech/language pathologists), and help patients (and parents) monitor progress and adjust treatment. 

Difficult swallowing can bring on a variety of complicating factors involving digestive problems, nutritional challenges, respiratory risks, and self-care and nursing-care needs. Through careful medical history and thorough physical examination, Aria's ENT staff analyze the cause of swallowing difficulties and prescribe therapy to strengthen swallowing and a recommended regimen of daily care to safeguard the health of the individual living with this problem. Patients with severe loss of swallowing ability may require I.V. or stomach-tube feeding options.