Re: Speech Problems in PD – Advice Needed
Hello it has been a long while since I have been on this board, mu hubby has had PD for going on 18 years and the mono speech, soft whisper is part of PD for many, his words all seem to run in together. Add that to my hearing loss in the ear that always seems to be facing him and it can either be comical or down right fustrating. No med's has helped it, so my best way of dealing with it is to try to make sure nothing else around us is creating a noise, when he speaks, if he is running a tap or the Microwave is on or if he is in a different room and he thinks he is talking louder...... it is impossible to hear and understand what he is saying. It can be very frustrating for both of us, he tried to use the program dragon speak, and when he spoke into it and then played it back he could not beleive how he sounded, he had a new appreciation for how hard I have to listen.
He is retired, but his level of communication is dimishing even with family, it is very sad, friends and family don't phone as they can not understand him.
It is just another nasty aspect of life with PD, but he never lets it get him down. But I really worry about the future. For him to lose that communication with his family is a horrible thought, but right now no one seems to be giving us hope of improvement.
Slow and easy, take a deep breathe.