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How Can a Tongue Tie Make Speaking More Difficult?

Posted on 1/20/2019 by Office Manager
How Can a Tongue Tie Make Speaking More Difficult?For people who suffer from tongue tie (the colloquial term for the medical condition known as "ankyloglossia”), speaking properly can pose a real challenge. This is due to a number of factors, all of which have to do with what tongue tie actually is.

Tongue Tie Explained

When someone has tongue tie, it means that there is a band of flesh that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This band can be in a few places, but it is frequently located towards the front of the tongue. The impact of this is greatly limited mobility of the tongue. This, in turn, makes speaking properly quite a challenge for those afflicted with this condition.

Proper Tongue Movement is Key to Speaking Properly

The tongue is a key factor in the ability to correctly form words and pronounce consonants and vowels correctly. In spite of this, many adults with a tongue tie develop the ability to closely mimic normal speaking; however, the tongue does not function the way it normally would, and these attempts at mimicking normal speech are frequently only partially successful at best.

Depending on the severity of the tongue tie, a person with this condition may suffer speech impairment ranging from mild to severe. Some people are able to speak normally if they focus on speaking slowly, or after extensive practice; others are never able to completely speak normally without surgical intervention. This is particularly true when the person with the tongue tie tries to speak rapidly.

The good news is that tongue tie is highly treatable. If you suffer from this condition, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We can help you evaluate your alternatives and choose the one that best suits you. We're always here to help, so feel free to ask any questions you may have.
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