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PDF Comments on Linda Ronstadt's Revelation of Parkinson's Diagnosis, Answers Your Questions

Offers PD Community Resources on Speech and Voice Symptoms

On August 23, popular singer and Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt revealed in an AARP interview that she lives with Parkinson's disease, making her one of an estimated 60,000 people who will be diagnosed this year. This revelation raised many questions in the Parkinson's community concerning diagnosis and symptoms related to changes in voice and speech.

Here are a few key facts from the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) about the symptoms being discussed in the media:

  • More than 80 percent of people with Parkinson's may experience voice-related changes, such as reduced loudness, reduced pitch variability, and breathy/hoarse voice quality.
  • Other common voice and speech symptoms include excessively rapid speech, slurred speech and difficulty finding words.
  • These symptoms are in part due to the major signs of PD including rigidity, tremor and slowness of movement.
  • There are treatments available to address symptoms related to speech and voice.


Are you, a loved one or a patient experiencing any of these symptoms? PDF offers several educational resources, listed below, that offer in-depth information on these symptoms and practical strategies for improving communication. In addition, we invite those with questions to contact our national toll-free HelpLine at (800) 457-6676 or


Read PD Take 3: Are There Strategies to Help with My Changing Voice?

View our PD ExpertBriefing: Improving Communication in Parkinson's Disease: One Voice, Many Listeners

Read our Fact Sheet: Speech Therapy in PD

Source Date: Aug 26 2013