What is the SpeechEasy® fluency-enhancing device?

The SpeechEasy® device is the smallest, most discreet fluency-enhancing device available. The combination of the SpeechEasy® device and therapy techniques provides an integrated approach to stuttering management. The SpeechEasy® device produces natural sounding speech, reduces stuttering in 80-90% of the stuttering population, and reduces stuttering regardless of the rate of speech. The SpeechEasy® is a 100% digital signal, combines delayed auditory feedback (DAF) and frequency altered feedback (FAF), and uses an adaptable digital platform capable of being upgraded without having to buy a new device.

How satisfied are individuals who previously obtained a SpeechEasy® device?

Nearly 80 percent of customers are satisfied with their decision to obtain this device and would still purchase it if they had the decision to make over again. Nearly 90 percent said they would recommend that their friends who stutter consider the device as a treatment option. People who use SpeechEasy® also report a heightened sense of confidence, freedom, and self-reliance, as well as an improvement in social and professional relationships.

What is the first step in evaluating if the SpeechEasy® is right for me?

Call us at (916) 797-3307 to schedule a free, no-obligation phone consultation with Nancy Barcal to discuss your individual needs. If you determine a SpeechEasy® evaluation is right for you, a three- to four-hour appointment will be scheduled.

Is it possible to receive a SpeechEasy® device in one day?

Because Nancy is a Preferred SpeechEasy® Provider, she has Comfort Fit devices available the same day you receive your evaluation. Comfort Fit devices wrap around the back of the ear, similar to hands-free earpieces.

What if I prefer a device that fits inside my ear?

If you prefer a device that fits inside your ear, an ear impression will be made by an audiologist and sent off to the lab. Your custom made device will arrive in approximately 3 weeks.

I still have the challenge of effectively using my SpeechEasy in busy talking environments, mostly in any situations where I’m not speaking one-on- one with someone. The background noise dominates so I can’t hear myself speak in my ear, losing the choral effect. Do you have any new strategies I can try to fix this problem?

I would practice at home preparing for the noisy situations and prepare what you might say. Tape record your practice session at home. If possible, play it right before you enter the situation and practice the words again. This will reduce the mental effort of language organization and allow your brain to focus on the speech production and loudness. Additionally, you can use the Decibel 10th application (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/decibel-10th-professional/id448155923?mt=8) to watch your loudness during practice. Then, sneak a peek at the loudness meter when you’re in noisy situations. It will look like you’re just looking at your phone messages. I also recommend loading the FluencyCoach software on your phone and add the same settings into it so you have a double dose of SpeechEasy. You will just need to make sure the microphones don’t produce feedback.

What is FluencyCoach and how does it work?

FluencyCoach – FluencyCoach is a free software application that uses Altered Auditory Feedback technology to simulate the effects of “Choral Speech” (speaking simultaneously with another person). It has been known for years that choral speech can promote fluency in a person who stutters, and in some people who suffer from Parkinson’s Disease. If you or someone in your life would like to begin to experience a life filled with more confidence, opportunity, and clear communication, then take the first step today by clicking below and contacting us for a consultation.

The value of being able to communicate with others is paramount in our daily lives. Having the ability to express your wants, needs and thoughts clearly can often be taken for granted, and if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease the ability to communicate effectively may no longer be an option. SpeechEasy can help. Since Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive disease, a person’s symptoms will change over time and present differently in everyone. The primary symptoms include tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity, yet Parkinson’s can also have a profoundly adverse effect on a person’s speech and voice – thereby inhibiting their ability to communicate freely. When a person’s speech is affected by Parkinson’s, they may notice a decrease in their loudness, decreased intelligibility, an increase in their rate of speech and communication may simply be more difficult overall. Caregivers and friends may have an increasingly hard time understanding what the person is trying to say and frustration levels can rise for everyone. However, there is help. Speech Pathologists and other professionals are available to assist a person with Parkinson’s in taking control of their speech and gaining back more of their freedom to communicate.

How do I learn more about SpeechEasy® and their integrated approach to stuttering management?

The SpeechEasy® program merges technology with techniques. The SpeechEasy® website provides a wealth of information regarding how the SpeechEasy® device works, research articles, funding resources, and a free download of the FluencyCoach to use online.