May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, a time to raise awareness about communication disorders and available treatment options that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems speaking, understanding or hearing.

Communication and swallowing problems in adults can be caused by:

  • Stroke
  • Head injury
  • Diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Breathing problems
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Vocal Abuse
  • Severe or Long-Term Illness

Cullman Regional is proud to offer Speech-Language Pathology services to both inpatients and outpatients with communication and/or swallowing deficits. Cullman Regional’s Speech-Language Pathologist, Bettina Gibbs, is proud to offer the following specialized services to patients:

  • The VitalStim® Therapy System: a non-invasive, external electrical stimulation therapy for patients suffering with difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Protocol (LSVT LOUD), which is an effective speech treatment for individuals with Parkinson disease (PD) and other neurological conditions. LSVT LOUD improves vocal loudness by stimulating the muscles of the voice box (larynx).
  • Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS): a diagnostic evaluation to assess the structure and function of the swallowing mechanism.

These services are available Monday- Thursday, 6 am – 2 pm and Friday, 6 am – noon through Cullman Regional’s Therapy Services Department. If you or someone you know has difficulty with any of these areas, please contact Cullman Regional Therapy Services at (256) 737-2271.