VO not speaking selected words in MS Word app

iOS & iPadOS

I am using the MS Word app on an iPhone XR running iOS 12.4

Problem: As I select words in a document using Shift+Option+Left/Right Arrow keys, VoiceOver is not speakikng the text as it is being selected. This works in all other aplications and edit boxes, but not when editing in the Word app.

I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this problem.

I tried to report it to Microsoft several times throughout the last year from within the app but haven't gotten any response. This problem makes it very difficult to edit Word docs reliably using VoiceOver.