A brain injury can affect a person’s ability to communicate by impairing their hearing, speech and cognitive processing.
Communication problems vary depending on an individual’s personality, their abilities before the injury, and the severity of the brain injury itself. Regardless of the type of injury, problems can affect both the ability to receive and express thoughts and ideas. Effects may include:
- problems finding the right words
- difficulty understanding others
- slow or slurred speech
- difficulty swallowing