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Masks Make Talking Even Tougher for People Who Stutter

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Sep 9th 2020

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Face masks may be invaluable in the fight against COVID-19, but they can make it difficult for people who stutter to communicate with others.

About 3 million people in the United States stutter, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The use of face masks in public is likely to continue for months or even longer.

Solid face masks can lead to misunderstandings because they hide your mouth. Many people who stutter experience long, silent pauses (blocks) in their speech. Often, the only way a listener realizes that someone is having a block is by looking at their face.

If you stutter, the person you're talking to may not realize you're experiencing a block if you're wearing a mask. This could lead that person to talk over you, move on, or misinterpret what may seem like a non-response, according to the association.

This type of situation can be especially serious if you are trying to communicate with health care providers, first responders or police.

To reduce the risk of problems, the ASHA offers the following advice:

  • Tell people you stutter. You can say this at the beginning of a conversation or carry a printed card. That way, people know to give you extra time if you need it. It also can help remove some pressure if you're anticipating speech difficulties.
  • Wear a clear mask. Practice conversations at home. Check online support groups for suggestions. If you're working with a speech-language pathologist, ask for suggestions about modifying your speech therapy techniques.
  • If the roles are reversed and you're talking to someone with a stutter who's masked up, be patient. Don't try to finish their thought or speak for them, the speech and hearing experts say.
  • If you don't understand what the other person is saying, say so. Be open to other ways of communicating, such as reading a written message.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has more on stuttering.