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Raising Your Voice with Parkinson’s

Posted on December 20, 2019

“My voice gets thinner and softer as the day wears on.”
- A MyParkinsonsTeam member

“My speech is also dwindling.”
- A MyParkinsonsTeam member

“[My husband’s] voice has gotten very quiet, and it is a considerable effort for him to hold a conversation.”
- A MyParkinsonsTeam member

If you struggle with a quiet speaking voice, you’re not alone. Changes in speech and vocal ability are common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Many people with PD have low-volume speech, which can make it difficult to communicate and create problems in social situations. MyParkinsonsTeam members discuss their experiences with low-volume speech and other speaking difficulties, and share the therapies and techniques that have helped them.

Low-volume voice and other Parkinson’s-related speech issues can have a significant impact on members’ social lives. “Has anyone else noticed that friends you have had for years no longer call or ask you to do anything? We never hear from people whom we thought were close friends. It is very isolating and hurtful. We wonder if it is because my husband's speech isn't very good,” one MyParkinsonsTeam member shared.

Another member added, “When my facial expression is frozen and I can't turn my head and have trouble with speech, people think I am ignoring them.”

Many MyParkinsonsTeam members turn to speech therapy to improve their speaking abilities. Several members have had great success with the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment – LOUD (LSVT-LOUD) program. LSVT-LOUD is a form of intensive speech therapy that helps people with Parkinson’s speak at a louder volume. “I completed LSVT-LOUD six months ago. So far I have maintained my voice control. I highly recommend it,” a member wrote. A husband to a wife with PD shared, “My wife just completed the sessions. They helped so much. Everyone comments on how her voice has improved.”

Those who credit LSVT-LOUD with improvement in their or a loved one’s speech emphasized that improvement requires constant practice. “The key is to do the sessions daily,” a caregiver commented. “It is all good if the therapy is kept up and worked on daily. It is like taking a foreign language. It is a ‘use it or lose it deal,’” another MyParkinsonsTeam member agreed.

In addition to speech therapy exercises, MyParkinsonsTeam members have other tricks to improve their speech volume. “I chant the Ramones chorus of ‘Hey Ho, Let's Go’ to pump up my voice before I get on a phone call,” one member shared.

Assistive devices are also available to help people with Parkinson’s communicate. The SpeechVive earpiece is specifically designed to help people with low-volume voice. A personal amplifier is another option for low-volume voice.

On MyParkinsonsTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with and caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Low-volume speech is a frequently discussed topic.

Here are some conversations about low-volume speech:

Can you relate? Share your experience with low-volume voice or other Parkinson’s-related speech issues in the comments below or on MyParkinsonsTeam.

A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I tried it out today and am going to continue. :)

posted 2 days ago

hug

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