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Adult Speech and Hearing Difficulties (Deafness)

Adult speech and hearing difficulties affect many people. Difficulties with communication can make life difficult and affect confidence, social interaction, and personal well-being. However, there are many things that can be done to improve communication and facilitate hearing and speech difficulties.

icommunicate provides information and strategies to promote communication for adults with speech and hearing difficulties. This section has been broken into 5 parts:


Adult Speech Difficulties

This section gives an overview of adult speech difficulties and information and strategies to facilitate communication. Click here to go the Adult Speech Difficulties page.


Voice Problems

This section will focus on the voice, how it works, and what can go wrong.  There are many practical strategies we can use to have a healthy voice.  Go to the Speech and Language Folder of our Downloads Centre to see comprehensive articles relating to voice problems and the strategies and ideas you can use to improve your voice. Click here to go to the Adult Voice Problems pages.


Adult Dysfluency (stammering or stuttering)

This section does not provide therapy for dysfluency, but provides information about the different options for treatment. Click here to go to the Adult Stuttering page.


Public Speaking

This section will offer some tips and guidelines on improving public speaking, and provide a clearer more commanding performance. Click here to read more about tips for Public Speaking.


Adult Hearing Impairment

Many adults suffer from hearing impairment to a certain degree. Many younger adults who have yet to experience hearing impairment do not perceive it as a major difficulty, but those who have lost their hearing will tell you a different story. icommunicate provides information on technology to help hearing, and practical strategies to help speech and communication throughout the day. Click here to read more about Adult Hearing Impairment


Although this section will give you lots of valuable tools to facilitate communication, if you have the opportunity to see an experienced speech and language pathologist / therapist, then this will provide you with extra therapy to run in parallel with this information and these strategies.


For more information about communication difficulties, and ideas and strategies to help communication, see our Resources, or for specific fact-sheets with helpful hints about strategies to help with communication problems go to the Downloads section.


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Adult Speech Difficulties

      Adult speech difficulties are common and come in many forms including stuttering, dysarthria, voice problems, and articulation difficulties. Often with speech therapy and some strategies many adults can improve their speech and communication skills.   There are a number of reasons speech difficulties occur in Adulthood:   Accident and injury Unfortunately accidents …

Adult Voice Problems

      Voice problems affect many individuals. Adult voice problems (dysphonia) can occur for a variety of reasons: Misuse of voice Stress – stressful lifestyles can lead to voice difficulties Injury or illness affecting any part of the vocal apparatus Disease and illness of the larynx and/or laryngectomy    Click here to find out …

Adult Stuttering and Stammering (Dysfluency)

      Stuttering or stammering (dysfluency) is a common disorder and can have a major impact on the life and wellbeing of many people. The term stutter and stammer will may be used interchangeably in this section, but means the same thing.   Dysfluency is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech …

Tips and Advice for Public Speaking

      There are a number of useful tips and advice for public speaking. Public speaking is a skill that some people seem born with. Some speakers exude confidence, do not require notes, speak clearly and boldly and can answer questions without hesitation. Oh, to have these skills!! Okay, so we’re not all born …

Adult Hearing Loss and Impairment (Deafness)

      Adult hearing loss or impairment (deafness) is common among older adults, but is increasing in younger adults due to lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, many younger adults appear to take good hearing for granted and attend nightclubs, concerts and wear personal stereo systems without considering possible long term damage to their hearing. While I …