Dysphagia & Auditory Matters in Geriatric Speech-Language Pathology
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One dysphagia article is contained within, which contains significant emphasis on
person-centered care and quality of life for the person with a swallowing disorder.
Fazakerly and Nativ aim to assess the utility of thickened liquids for patients with
oropharyngeal dysphagia. The authors feel that thickening of liquids may pose serious
implications and potential consequences that should not be discounted, and they posit
that careful patient selection is recommended as well as balancing both a patient’s
physical welfare and quality of life. Two auditory articles are also contained within, both
with significant emphasis on the intersection of cognition and hearing impairment.
Gottschalk and Olson examine the importance of audiologists’ familiarity with cognitive
impairment and cognitive screening practices so that they can assist in identifying
cognitive impairment when assessing and treating hearing impairment. Gurevich et al.
look at the reverse of the former article: the importance of hearing screenings for
individuals who are diagnosed with dementia.
will be able to:
- assess the appropriateness of the use of thickened liquids to treat oropharyngeal
- integrate the caregiver connection into person centered care for persons with
- identify appropriate cognitive screening tools for use in audiology practices
Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.
Articles in This Course
- The Geriatric Swallow: Through Thick and Thin by Amanda Fazakerly and Nogah Nativ, published in SIG 15, Volume 5, Issue 4, August 17, 2020
- Cognition and Cognitive Screeners in Audiological Management by Karah Gottschalk
and Anne Olson, published in SIG 15
- Recommending Hearing Assessment for Individuals With Dementia: A Survey of Medical
Professionals by Naomi Gurevich, Heidi Ramrattan, Mary Kubalanza, Danielle R.
Osmelak, and Jenna Boese, published in SIG 15, Volume 5, Issue 5, October 23