After a stroke, people can lose the ability to speak or even understand language. This can be treated with therapy, but if therapy is started too late it might not work. Now, researchers in Finland think they’ve found an easy way to kickstart language recovery: listening to vocal music.
Not being able to speak or understand language after a stroke greatly affects people’s quality of life. Luckily, aphasia can be treated with language therapy – as long as that therapy happens shortly after the stroke occurred. But some patients will need more time in hospital before they can start language revalidation, or don’t have easy access to it for another reason. They’re missing that crucial window where the surviving neurons in the area where the stroke occurred can form new pathways.