A couple of weeks ago I was chatting with a friend who is in his early thirties, a former NFL player who has been diagnosed with dementia.
His speech has improved significantly in the last few months, but it’s still not what he used to be.
The reason is his speech was mostly inaudible when he was young, and now that he’s been through the dementia process, his speech is still inaudibly.
As a speech pathology specialist, I am always looking for ways to make the world more welcoming to people with dementia, and the way I’m thinking about this is that I need to help those people hear.
I was curious about how to do this, so I searched for a solution.
What’s a speech therapist to do?
What we have in terms of speech therapy is the standard set up for speech therapy: a patient is shown a series of sounds that are either spoken or made by a person with dementia and has been shown to be able to make them again.
But in the case of the patient I was working with, this treatment had never been proven.
So I had to ask: what if we could take this new test that is in place to test speech for the first time and put it in the hands of someone with dementia?
What would we find?
If we could get someone who has dementia to hear it again, what would we learn?
Would it make a difference?
In this post, I will explore the research that shows what we might learn.
How to test the new dementia speech test in the hand of a dementia patient.
If you’d like to see a video demonstration of how the test works, check out the video below.
The new dementia test is called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV (DSM-IV) speech test.
It measures how well a person can make sounds, but what this test really means is how well the person can hear.
It’s the only test that’s been developed specifically to test how well someone can make speech.
There are different test groups.
The test that I will be testing, the Diagnostics and Statistical Methods for the Diagnosis and Evaluation of the Diagnosed Disorders (DSMD-IV), has been tested extensively.
For this reason, the DSD-IV is the only one of its kind in the world.
Here’s how it works.
In order to test for the new test, we need to make sure that we have a patient who has no previous history of speech or language impairment.
This is because it is not known what causes speech loss in people with other cognitive disorders.
If we know, we can test for how much speech is lost in people who have dementia.
Once we have the test, the patient is given a series and a sample of sounds, and then we measure the volume of the sounds that they can make.
When they start making sounds again, they will be asked to make a number of new sounds that represent a change from the previous sample.
The first test group will be able make 20 new sounds.
Next we have people who are told to make six sounds that resemble a new sound, which is a sound made by the brain in response to a new stimulus.
This test group can make a total of 90 new sounds and can make up to 20 new sound sounds.
The second test group make six sound sounds that mimic a sound that was made previously.
Finally, there are the test groups that can make three sounds that imitate a sound they made previously, which are all the sounds the patients can make but have never heard before.
To determine how much of each of these test groups can make new sounds, we ask the patient to hold a microphone for 30 seconds.
We then ask the patients to repeat these sounds for 30 more seconds, but with a different sound sample.
This process is repeated 10 times, and it’s not possible to know exactly how many times the patient has been asked to repeat the test.
So we can only conclude that the test is able to measure the patient’s ability to make sounds for 60 seconds.
This means that the new tests in this group are capable of accurately measuring the level of speech loss.
While these tests are being tested, the test in this patient is being administered.
A few days later, a test that measures speech for hearing is being given.
Now the interesting part.
Every person with the diagnosis of dementia will need to take the test twice.
At the beginning of each session, the person will be told to listen to the new sound that they have just heard, and repeat it for 30 minutes.
Then, a group of patients will be shown the sounds they can hear and asked to hear them back.
During this time, the new sounds will be tested to see how well they can reproduce