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User Review: Speecheasy™ Auditory Feedback Device

This article first appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of the CSA Newsletter.

I am a lifelong PWS who became interested in the Speecheasy device a couple years ago.

This device is an “auditory feedback” aid that fits on or in the ear like a hearing aid and reduces stuttering in some people. Most people who stutter have probably heard of this but may not be sure if they can benefit from it and afford it.

First of all, I had to be tested to be sure that I would benefit from the technique. During the test my stuttering reduced considerably while I spoke with the device that fed my own voice back into my ear with a slight delay effect. Because of the positive results in the test situation, I decided to go ahead with it, and was fitted for the device.

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User Review:SmallTalk™ - the latest anti-stuttering devices

This article first appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of the CSA Newsletter.

SmallTalk by Casa Futura Technologies is the latest reincarnation of the Edinburgh Masker. Thanks to 21st century technology, the unit is a little smaller than an iPod and with the Bluetooth earphone and speaker is almost inconspicuous. The device could easily be mistaken for a cell phone.

For those of you unfamiliar with electronic anti-stuttering devices, they utilize a technology called Altered Auditory Feedback (AAF) which relays the speaker’s voice back to them in an attempt to block or ‘mask’ their voice. The theory goes, we as stutterers are better able to speak fluently when we can’t hear our own voices.

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