Talking with other people is pretty important to a lot of my friends out there in the human world. It’s how many of you communicate with each other, from meeting up face-to-face to talking over the phone.
But every now and then I wonder about what if suddenly one day you couldn’t speak anymore. Could something like that ever happen?
Well, let’s start with how a person talks in the first place. In order for you to speak, your brain needs to be able to quickly move everything from your lips and your jaw, to your tongue and your voice box. And it’s not just one single area in your brain that’s in charge all of this — a recent study has found that speech sounds seem to come from coordinated motor patterns involving multiple parts of your brain.
So it’s a team effort!
But sometimes there are things in life that can put your ability to speak on the sidelines,like with what happens with aphasia. Aphasia is a disorder in which damage to parts of your brain, often on the left side, impairs your ability to talk and even understand what other people are saying. It can also affect your ability to read and write.There are different types of aphasia, and different levels of how much they can affect your speech— from a difficulty repeating words to having trouble naming objects.
And aphasia’s not the only thing that could take away your ability to speak like you used to.
There’s also psychogenic aphonia, where you can have vocal loss that’s thought to stem from psychological factors. But with either of these conditions, it looks like there are ways to overcome them, at least to some degree.Patients with aphasia can have speech-language therapy sessions to help improve their ability to communicate, and a study on psychogenic aphonia has shown that people can usually make full recovery of their voice after not speaking for a while.
So there might be more to think about than just losing your ability to speak if you had a condition like aphasia or psychogenic aphonia. Have you ever known someone with any of these conditions?
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