My Husband has PD and sometimes during the day talks like he has a mouthful of mashed potatoes. He has not been able to do the Loud program yet due to work conflicts. I was wondering if there were drugs that might help or a natural treatment we might try.
The Lee Silverman voice treatment - LOUD (LSVT LOUD) is one of the most widely practiced treatments for speech disorders associated with Parkinson's disease (PD). It focuses on increasing vocal loudness and has an intensive approach of one month. Speech therapy and specifically LSVT LOUD may improve voice and speech function in PD
Oh wow... I am sorry you have these symptoms. My husband has the same thing going on. He used to be social, but now can't keep up with a conversation. We ask our friends to speak more slowly, and we try to take breaks in the conversation so that the can interject more. His Dr. recommended making a list of questions to ask people before going out, so the spotlight is on them, and not him, so to speak.
Good question. I have always been loud and articulate, but now I suffer from that "mashed potato" thing you notice in yourself husband. I also now stutter, find it difficult to follow conversations and lose track of what I am saying.. I really think that, for me at least, this has been one of the most embarrassing parts of PD. I've always been able to communicate well. But now we play twenty questions to attempt to figure out what I just said.
The Parkinson’s Voice Project and the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy-LOUD (LSVT-Loud) are 2 programs that are popular with Speech Pathologists to treat Parkinson’s voice difficulties.
Marc Mitnick, MS,CCC-Speech Pathologist
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