Published on May 21, 2015

Experts at Mercy Fitzgerald Treat Speech and Hearing Problems

Darby, PA (May 21, 2015): It is estimated that 7.5 million Americans have trouble using their voices and 28.6 million have a hearing disorder. As part of Better Speech and Hearing Month in May, speech therapists and audiologists at Mercy Fitzgerald are raising awareness of the prevalence of communication disorders and treatment options that are available.

“If someone has difficulty in communicating, it can affect many aspects of their day-to-day life,” says Speech Pathologist Christine McCullough. “We want to encourage those with speech or hearing problems to seek professional help as there are effective treatments available that can help improve their conditions.”

“As each individual is unique, we tailor treatment plans based on their diagnosis and what they want to accomplish,” adds Audiologist Joann Bevan. “Our goal is to help improve their overall quality of life.”

McCullough is a part of the Speech Therapy Department at Mercy Fitzgerald that treats patients who experience a variety of speech disorders. These include aphasia, which is a language impairment caused by a stroke or traumatic brain injury; dysphagia, which is difficulty swallowing; as well as language delay, articulation disorder, and fluency disorder in children and adolescents.

The Speech Therapy Department at Mercy Fitzgerald provides comprehensive evaluation services, such as videofluroscopic swallow study tests to determine the cause of a patient’s swallowing disorder. Treatment sessions are also offered for patients who have had strokes or traumatic brain injuries to overcome complications in their speech and language. Speech therapists also participate in quarterly stroke education sessions to provide information and support to stroke survivors.

Bevan is a part of the Hearing and Balance Center at Mercy Fitzgerald, which specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with vestibular, balance and inner ear dysfunction. The team at the Center offers a full range of tests to assess the entire ear system, including a complete hearing evaluation, middle ear function testing, evoked potentials to evaluate the presence of specific diseases such as Meniere’s disease or acoustic neuroma, video ENG, and ocular motor tests. Hearing aid services are also available

To contact the Speech Therapy Department, call 610.237.4243. To contact the Hearing and Balance Center at Mercy Fitzgerald, call 610.237.4248.