SpeechEasy special pricing offer continues through June 30th

The Let’s Talk Fluency special offer of 15% off our most popular SpeechEasy model- the Comfort Fit, has been in effect since March 1st and will continue through June 30th. There’s no coupon or survey to take in order to receive this special pricing and save.

If you need assistance in making an appointment with a SpeechEasy Provider in order to get the process started, please contact us and we’ll be glad to help.

 

SpeechEasy presents at Texas and NC Speech Hearing and Language Conference

In March and April our Clinical Services Manager presented SpeechEasy at the Texas (TXSHA) and North Carolina (NCSHLA) professional conferences attended by Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. The Texas convention was held in Houston and attended by over 5000 speech and hearing professionals.

The North Carolina convention was held in Raleigh NC. A SpeechEasy owner was able to attend the educational session and share his story with the Speech Pathologists in attendance.

We continue our efforts in trying to spread the word about SpeechEasy and its effectiveness through these presentations to professionals.

 

News released about SpeechEasy for Parkinson’s

Recently we released an announcement about how SpeechEasy can be used to treat certain symptoms of speech related issues associated with Parkinson’s disease. If you would like to read the complete news release click here and feel free to forward to someone you may know.

People with Parkinson’s disease now have a tool to help them communicate more fluently.

Janus Development Group Inc. is marketing and distributing the SpeechEasy anti-stuttering device, developed at East Carolina University, to people with the neurological disease to assist them with speech.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological and progressive disease which affects men and women, but more typically men. Among the signs of Parkinson’s are decreased speech volume, repetitive speech and an overall decrease in speech intelligibility.

Studies have shown that the use of an auditory delay and/or a change in pitch can help increase the intelligibility of speech in those with Parkinson’s disease. SpeechEasy uses both of these components in a small, discreet device worn in one ear of the client.

According to a small study at Rush University in Chicago in which Parkinson’s patients wore a SpeechEasy device, participants saw an increase in their intelligibility and a decrease in the repetitive speech, or palilalia, they exhibited. The Michael J. Fox foundation funded a second study with a larger number of participants.

SpeechEasy for this population is being marketed as SpeechEasyPD and is available nationwide.
“This announcement represents our continuing efforts to provide a proven assistive device to improve the lives of those with communication challenges,” said Alan Newton, president of Greenville-based Janus Development. “Over the years, we have seen how SpeechEasy has assisted thousands of people who stutter to achieve their goals by improving their fluency and confidence. We foresee SpeechEasyPD being able to do the same for the segment of the Parkinson’s population that is experiencing speech intelligibility challenges.”

SpeechEasyPD is a division of Janus Development Group that developed and markets a portable fluency-enhancing device that fits in or behind the ear and can help people who stutter to speak more fluently. SpeechEasy is a synthesis of miniaturized hardware, cutting-edge digital technology and advanced algorithms that provide customized, fluency-enhancing delayed auditory feedback and frequency-altered feedback recreating a natural phenomenon known as the “choral-effect.”

The choral effect occurs when a person’s repetitive speech is dramatically reduced or even eliminated when they speak or sing in unison with others. The choral effect has been well-documented for decades but has only recently been scientifically recreated in a small, wearable device that can be used every day.

The SpeechEasy was developed by Drs. Joseph Kalinowski and Andrew Stuart, faculty members at the East Carolina University College of Allied Health Sciences, and by Dr. Michael Rastatter, chair of communication sciences and disorders who is now retired.

“Let’s talk fluency” special discount offer from SpeechEasy

Isn’t it time we talk about how SpeechEasy can improve your fluency? Our Providers are ready to help you decide if SpeechEasy is right for you. Beginning March 1st we’ll help by offering a 15% discount on our most popular model of SpeechEasy-the Comfort Fit.

Receive 15% off the Comfort Fit model of SpeechEasy for a limited time

  • Offer good for purchases of a Comfort Fit model made between March 1, 2014 thru June 30, 2014
  • No coupon or rebate form needed
  • Discounts will automatically be applied on purchases made during this time
  • O % interest financing available
  • Get a $150 rebate towards your SpeechEasy evaluation
  • 60 day risk-free trial period
  • One year free manufacturer’s warranty

Evaluation experiences shared by clients

A SpeechEasy evaluation by one of our experienced SpeechEasy Providers is the best way to see what SpeechEasy is really like. During the evaluation you get to try an actual SpeechEasy device.

We offer evaluation rebates up to $150 and some clients share their evaluation experiences with us when they submit their rebate form. Here are some of their comments we have received in the last few weeks:

  • “The SpeechEasy Therapist (Bonnie) was very helpful and informative. The device has helped our son greatly – given him much more confidence at his work!”
  • “Amazing being able to hear my son speak clearly for the first time ever! Thank you!”
  • “Excellent experience. Purchasing CF model.”
  • “Amy was fantastic! Such a Godsend. So happy we found out about the SpeechEasy! A great invention.”
  • “Haven’t decided yet, possibly in the near future. Our family is very interested for my son! We are totally amazed with the SpeechEasy device.”

“Season of Giving” 15% off promotion extended until February 15th.

We have had several Providers and clients tell us they have had issues in trying to get appointments scheduled due to the holidays and the winter storms in many parts of the country. Several Providers had to close offices and cancel appointments during this time. For these reasons, the 15% off discount promotions will be not end on February 1st as anticipated, but will now end on February 15th. This gives everyone more time to take advantage of this great offer!

Provider appointment schedules vary so please don’t wait to make an appointment. If you need Provider contact information simply give us a call or schedule an appointment.

 

Interested in a SpeechEasy owner’s conference?

We are trying to gauge interest in a one-day conference that would be attended by SpeechEasy owners, SpeechEasy Providers and others who would like to hear and share experiences about SpeechEasy. We would foresee the conference including:

· Sessions for clients to discuss their own experiences with each other

· Meetings for SpeechEasy Providers to discuss best practices and patient outcomes

· Social gatherings and activities for all

· Help sessions

· Device adjustments by SpeechEasy personnel

· Q and A sessions

· Suggestions for future development sessions

· Fun!

If you are a SpeechEasy owner we’d love to hear what you think about this. Simply write our Sales Manager, Gary Hassell and let him know or just give him a call. If there is interest we’ll definitely get this going!

 

SpeechEasy sponsors ASHA online conference

Recently, we were asked by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) to help sponsor a new format of conference whereby Speech Language Pathologist attendees would be able to “attend” from their own home or office via the internet.

The conference will educate these professionals concerning Neurodegenerative Disorders. As you may know, SpeechEasy PD is now available for those with repetitive speech issues related to Parkinson ’s disease.

If you know of a Speech Pathologist who may like to attend please have them visit the ASHA website and sign up. CEU’s are available to attendees.

 

15% discount on SpeechEasy in January

We just wanted to send another reminder about our Season of Giving discount offer still going on now. The special 15% off pricing on ALL SpeechEasy models is good the entire month of January. No coupon or form is needed in order to receive these great prices.

If you haven’t made an appointment with a SpeechEasy Provider yet please do so or let us know so we can help.

 

Happy New Year from SpeechEasy!

We’d like to say thank you to our friends, clients and Providers for a great 2013.

This past year we introduced the SpeechEasy V Series. The SpeechEasy V Series was the most substantial product improvement ever made to our SpeechEasy anti-stuttering device. Over all, the improvements included both hardware and software enhancements which resulted in more client options and significant reduction in background noise.

The new advanced device is now available for all SpeechEasy evaluations conducted by our SpeechEasy Providers. The training and rollout of SpeechEasy V series was a challenging undertaking by our staff and Providers and a large investment by our company. It is great to report that the improvements have been enthusiastically received by SpeechEasy owners, Providers and new clients.

Again, we thank you all! Here’s to a prosperous and Happy New Year in 2014.

 

Children who stutter and SpeechEasy

One of the most commonly asked questions we receive from parents, relatives, friends and even Speech Language Pathologists is, “What age do you recommend SpeechEasy for a child who stutters?”

Any intervention with an assistive device for children, no matter what that device may be, demands special considerations. SpeechEasy relies on our professional providers to assist families in making this important decision when it comes to treating childhood stuttering. All of our providers are experienced, licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologists trained to advise appropriate treatment options.

During an evaluation with the child and the family, the provider will consider these individual factors:

  • Physiological appropriateness
  • Effectiveness of past stuttering treatment
  • Social and mental maturity
  • Motivation level
  • Child’s capability to be responsible
  • Support structure
  • Response to SpeechEasy

It would be easy, but also inappropriate for anyone to state a definite age when SpeechEasy should be recommended for children. The decision and the answer lie in professional counseling. If you would like to speak with one of our providers please let us know and we’ll have one get in touch with you.

We also have a Clinical Services Manager on staff at SpeechEasy who could also offer professional guidance.