Thursday, June 18, 2009

Being unable to communicate can be very frustrating, but people with aphasia face communication problems everyday. Dr. Edward Hill explains why in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Aphasia is a loss or impairment of the ability to produce or comprehend language due to brain damage. Depending on the area and extent of the damage, someone suffering from aphasia may be able to speak but not write, write but not speak, or display any of a wide variety of other deficiencies in reading, writing, and comprehension.

Aphasia can be caused by damage to one or more of the language areas of the brain. Damage to these language areas can be caused by a stroke, traumatic brain injury or other head injury.

Traumatic aphasia can occur without physical damage to the brain, but by experiencing a horrific psychological event, usually during childhood. Treatment for traumatic aphasia normally requires the help of a psychologist.

Aphasia therapy is provided by a speech and language therapist.  These therapists work to improve an individualís ability to communicate by helping him use remaining abilities, restore lost language function, compensate for language problems, and learn other methods of communicating.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.