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Hearing Loss and its Effect on Brain Function
By Grace Sturdivant, AuD

Patients most commonly come to me with gradually-acquired sloping hearing loss. What does that mean? Well, most commonly, individuals are able to hear low pitch or bass tones better than they are able to hear high-pitch or treble tones...Read More

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month
By Christopher Spankovich, AuD, PhD, MPH

It is a common misperception that hearing loss is inevitable. While it is true there are a greater percentage of persons with hearing loss as we age, it is not necessarily “age” causing hearing loss. Rather, so-called age-related hearing loss refers to our lifetime of general health, lifestyle (e.g. smoking, diet, etc.), noise exposure, use of ototoxic medications, and of course, genetics...Read More

Alternative Means of Communication

What does alternative means of communication mean?
There are many ways to communicate besides speaking. Alternative means of communication are other ways to communicate that do not involve spoken speech. In this day and age of technology, texting is a common means of communicating that does not involve speaking...Read More

Finally Answered: A Patient’s Search to Get Her Voice Back

Kris Williams battled laryngeal cancer - twice. As a 43-year-old, non-drinking, non-smoking patient, Kris came to the Department of Otolar­yngology and Communicative Sciences at UMMC seeking answers for her rapidly worsening voice. Kris scheduled her consultation with Dr. John Schweinfurth, otolaryn­gologist. ..Read More


Dysphagia (dis-fey-juh) - What Does That Mean?
By Angie Brunson, MS, CCC-SLP

Dysphagia is the term used to describe difficulty swallowing that may result from a variety of causes. This is the term used when someone consistently has difficulty with chewing, moving food around in the mouth or keeping food or liquids in the mouth...Read More


Five Facts about Concussions
By Hailey C. Henderson, MS, CCC/SLP

With high school football well under way, this particular post will spotlight the topic of sports related concussions specifically looking at how they impact athletes and parents of athletes. Of note, high impact sports is not the only way to obtain a concussion...Read More


Teaching Toddlers to Talk
By Caroline Hunter, MS

Children are watching and learning from their environments and the adults around them all the time. Beginning to talk is an exciting part of development! When children are able to tell adults what they need and want, frustrations are reduced...Read More


Five Facts about Modified Barium Swallow Studies
By Kimbrell Kimbrell Evans, MS, CCC-SLP

First of all, what is an MBSS?
An MBSS stands for “modified barium swallow study”. This test can also be called a VFSS, which stands for “videoflouroscopic swallow study”. An MBSS is an X-ray procedure performed in the Radiology department that looks at the anatomic structures in your head and neck area to make sure they are working properly while you are chewing, drinking and swallowing...Read More


Five Facts about Spoon Feeding
By Rachel Tyrone MS, CFY-SLP

In first few months of life, babies learn all kinds of new and exciting skills. One of the most important skills is learning how to eat from a spoon. This is the beginning stages of moving away from the bottle and becoming an independent feeder. Here are 5 about spoon feeding that parents can use...Read More