Signs and symptoms of dysarthria vary, depending on the underlying cause, and may include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Slow rate of speech
  • Inability to speak louder than a whisper
  • Rapid rate of speech that is difficult to understand
  • Nasal, raspy or strained voice quality
  • Uneven or abnormal rhythm of speech
  • Uneven volume of speech
  • Monotone speech
  • Difficulty moving your tongue or facial muscles
  • Drooling

When to see a doctor

Dysarthria can be sign of a serious underlying condition. See your doctor if you experience sudden or unexplained changes in your ability to speak clearly.

May 24, 2012

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