Wernicke’s Aphasia and Getting Disability
What is Aphasia?
Aphasia is a disorder of language. Aphasia is marked by damage to the areas of your brain that control language. For most people, this means the left side (hemisphere) of your brain. Aphasia usually occurs suddenly. Aphasia is often due to a head injury or stroke, but it can also develop over a period of time. This is true when aphasia results from a brain tumor.
Aphasia affects both the understanding and expression of language. It also affects the reading and writing of language, as well. Aphasia may also develop at the same time as other speech disorders like dysarthria and apraxia of speech. These are also disorders that result from brain damage.
Although aphasia can occur in anyone at any time, most of the people who are affected by aphasia are middle-aged and older. Aphasia affects Women and men equally.
About 80,000 people are estimated to acquire aphasia in the United States every year. Around one million people have aphasia at this time in the United States.
What is Wernicke’s Aphasia
There are several different types of aphasia that are known by different names. Some of these are Broca’s aphasia, anomic aphasia, global aphasia, conduction aphasia, expressive aphasia, fluent aphasia, non-fluent aphasia, motor aphasia and Wernicke’s aphasia.
Wernicke’s aphasia is named after Carl Wernicke. He described this type of aphasia in 1874. He recognized that it was a form of aphasia that was different from Broca’s aphasia.
Wernicke’s aphasia is evidenced by not knowing when it is your turn to stop talking during a conversation. Wernicke’s aphasia is characterized by speaking in long sentences or what is referred to as diarrhea of the mouth. The words that are used are often unnecessary and may even be made-up words. You are not aware of your errors in language.
Wernicke’s aphasia involves great difficulty in understanding someone else’s speech. It may even mean a total lack of understanding spoken language.
Wernicke’s aphasia also greatly reduces your reading ability. You may still be able to write, but your writing may look abnormal.
The Temporal Lobe and Wernicke’s aphasia
Wernicke’s aphasia is brought about by damage to the temporal lobe of the language-dominant region of your brain. This is the area of your brain that is responsible for understanding and interpreting the auditory stimuli of language. There are different things that can cause damage to the temporal lobe region of your brain. Some of these are:
- Brain infections
- Severe blows to your head, such as those that may be sustained in a motor vehicle accident
- A stroke
- Brain tumors
- Other disorders that affect your brain.
Indicating Signs and symptoms of Wernicke’s aphasia
- Talking in long sentences
- Using unnecessary, made-up words
- Talking in meaningless jargon that lacks any content
- The liberal use of clauses, subordinates and verb tenses
- Difficulty or not comprehending someone else’s speech
- Not understanding spoken language
- Writing that may look abnormal
- Your reading ability being reduced
- A lack of knowledge with regard to the errors in language that are being used
Are you incapacitated and being prevented from working by Wernicke’s aphasia and/or complications that have developed from this disorder. If this is the case, you may be seeking financial assistance.
Have you sought after Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration as a result of your disability? Was your attempt for these benefits rejected by the Social Security Administration? If so, get legal help appealing your disability denial today!
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