Speech disorders occur when a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with their voice or resonance. Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language).
Hearing and balance disorders can be assessed, treated, and rehabilitated by an audiologist. Audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages.
SLPs and AUDs treat a wide variety of issues and ages, with the overall mission of ensuring that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders receive services to help them communicate effectively.
Organized to promote speech-language and hearing as an area of science and as a service profession.
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