Trauma to Speech and Hearing Mechanisms

In medical settings, Speech–Language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists commonly encounter individuals who have sustained trauma to the speech and hearing mechanisms. Numerous etiologies (causes) can result in trauma, and each carries specific consequences and management decisions. While SLPs and audiologists are not responsible for coordinating management and rely upon physicians to facilitate diagnosis and medical treatment, they have a role in rehabilitation of individuals who have sustained trauma. Understanding the etiology, mechanism, and type of injury, along with common terminology, is crucial to carrying out their roles in a rehabilitation team. This entry examines a variety of common types of trauma that affect speech and hearing.

Brain Trauma

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