Adult Speech Impairment: Types, Causes & Issues
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What causes speech impairment? 12 possible conditions

Adult speech impairment includes any symptom that causes an adult to have difficulty with vocal communication. Such problems may include slurred, slowed, hoarse, stuttered, or rapid speech. Other symptoms may include stiff facial muscles, drooling, poor... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

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Adult Speech Impairment

Speech impairment includes any symptom that causes a person to have difficulty with vocal communication. Such problems may include slurred, slowed, hoarse, stuttered, or rapid speech.

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2

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is when you're unable to partially or completely hear sound in one or both of your ears. Hearing loss typically occurs gradually over time. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicatio...

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3

Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizoaffective disorder is a psychological condition that comprises both psychosis (loss of contact with reality) and mood disorders (such as mania or depression). It is divided into two subtypes based on the type o...

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4

Cleft Palate And Lip

Cleft palate and cleft lip, also known as orofacial defects, are birth defects that affect more than 7,000 babies in the U.S. every year. Read about symptoms and treatment.

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5

Drug Abuse

Drug abuse occurs when you're unable to control your use of prescribed drugs or you're using another legal or illegal substance to the point that it interferes with your ability to function. According to the Nationa...

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6

Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication of types 1 and 2 diabetes due to uncontrolled high blood sugar levels that result in damage to the nerves. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), between 6...

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7

Brain Aneurysm

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

An aneurysm in the brain is a weak area in an artery in the brain that bulges out and fills with blood. It can be unpredictable and life-threatening, and can cause extremely serious conditions.

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8

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and Mad Cow Disease

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is an infectious disease that causes the brain to degenerate. Learn about causes, symptoms, and its connection to "mad cow disease."

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9

ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a degenerative disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It causes loss of control of voluntary muscles.

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10

Necrotizing Vasculitis

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Necrotizing vasculitis is the inflammation of blood vessel walls. It can interrupt blood flow, causing skin, muscle, and blood vessel damage.

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11

Huntington's Disease

Huntington's disease is a hereditary condition in which your brain's nerve cells gradually break down. It can cause physical and psychological symptoms.

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12

Encephalopathy

Encephalopathy is a general term describing a disease that affects the function or structure of your brain. There are many types of encephalopathy and brain disease. Some types are permanent and some are temporary. Som...

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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