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Communication Disorders — Conditions We Treat

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • Aphasia is the total or partial inability to use or understand language. It is caused by a brain injury or illness that damages a language area of the brain.
  • Apraxia

    Apraxia is a disorder in which a person is not able to execute a task or movement, even though he or she is willing and physically capable of doing so. Apraxia is the result of damage to the brain. Apraxia can be caused by another condition, such as a stroke, brain tumor or dementia.
  • Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty swallowing food, liquid or saliva. Many different nerves and muscles are involved in the process of chewing food transferring it from the mouth to the stomach, and any problem that affects this process can result in dysphagia.
  • Audiologists and ENTs at Rush provide comprehensive assessment and treatment for hearing loss, including surgery, hearing aids, cochlear implants and auditory osseointegrated implants.