Seniors

We experience the world through our senses, through communication. Communication is everything. If you or someone you love is having issues with communication health, we want you to know that there’s help out there.

Speech-language pathologists can help with language, speech and swallowing, and audiologists can help with hearing, balance and auditory disorders such as tinnitus (ringing in the ears). But the first step is up to you; for your child, parent, friend or yourself: being aware of the signs and knowing what to do are your most powerful tools. Learn more about what S-LPs and audiologists do. 

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Communication Health & Seniors

  • 1 in 6 Canadians has a speech, language or hearing problem.
  • Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic disability among older adults.
  • 20% of adults over 65, 40% over 75 and 80% of nursing home residents have a significant hearing problem. 

Speech-Language Pathologists Can Help With: 

Audiologists Can Help With: 

    • Difficulties speaking or understanding 
    • Voice problems
    • Thinking and memory problems (cognitive)
    • Swallowing difficulties
    • Hearing loss
    • Balance problems
    • Tinnitus (noises or ringing in the ears or head when no external sound is present)
    • Auditory disorders

    Communication, speech, language and swallowing problems in seniors can be caused by:

    • Stroke
    • Head injury
    • Neurological diseases (e.g. Parkinson's)
    • Tumours
    • Respiratory illnesses
    • Effects of medications
    • Alzheimers disease and related dementias or delirium
    • Psychiatric disorders

    Hearing, Balance and other auditory disorders in seniors can be caused by:

    • Aging 
    • Noise exposure
    • Heredity
    • Middle ear dysfunction
    • Medications that affect hearing
    • Neurological diseases (e.g., stroke)
    • Head injury
    • Tumors