Our free apps help clients try Altered Auditory Feedback

SpeechEasy has two free apps to help people who stutter and patients with Parkinson’s speech issues sample the effect that Altered Auditory Feedback (AAF) may have on their fluency. Altered Auditory Feedback technology simulates the effects of “Choral Speech” (speaking simultaneously with another person). It has been known for years that choral speech can promote fluency. This effect is used in both SpeechEasy and SpeechEasyPD.

The two apps are called FluencyCoach (for stuttering) and Parkinson’s Speech Aid (for Parkinson’s speech issues). Both are available on the App Store. FluencyCoach is also available for downloading on your PC at www.fluencycoach.com


Mom shares son’s experience with SpeechEasy

Recently, an excited Mom shared her son’s experience and improved fluency with us through our Facebook page.

Here’s what she said:

I rarely post anything personal on facebook. Yet something happened yesterday, that for me, was a miracle. Many of you know that my dear son, Nicholas, has a very pronounced stutter. Making everything he encounters a struggle. From a simple phone call to a job interview is impacted. I have watched him over the years put up with, well meaning people, that try to finish his sentences. Individuals and friends that simple turn their attention away as he attempts to get the words out. Yet, he never stops trying to speak. He bravely wants to work with the public. His courage and humor over the years has been inspiring Thankfully the people that love him just wait for the words to come forth. One of his dearest friends once said that Nick doesn’t stutter, he is just buffering. He has so much to share yet it is tempered by finding words he thinks he can say. Sooooo, (I know, long intro) we went to a speech Pathologist yesterday that fitted Nick with a device (worn like a hearing aid). He picked up a piece of paper and started to read it out loud. There was no hesitation, no stutter…his eyes opened wide as we sat looking at each other. Incredulous of what was happening. He put the paper down and started to speak to me. Words flooding the room. I have never heard my son (now 28) speak like this. His face lite up as he continued and continued. My eyes of course filling with tears. He even made a telephone call. Lasted six minutes. You see, in stuttering time, it is a million years. Had to smile when the test device had to be removed. He did not want to let it go. His own device will be delivered in 2 weeks. His first call will be to his sister, Anna. He said that she has never heard him speak without a stutter. I think we both shed a tear. His life is forever changed

If you would like to share a story please visit our Facebook page or send it to us at info@speecheasy.com. We’d love to hear from you!

SpeechEasy Workbook Brings Valuable Info

For those of you who have purchased a SpeechEasy device, you also received a workbook. This workbook gives our clients valuable information, tools and instructions that help acclimate them to using the device in their day-to-day life. The workbook is supplemental to the instructions and therapy provided by our Providers, but it’s proven to be a viable resource for our customers over the years.

Although most of the workbook is geared towards actual SpeechEasy customers, there is some information that anyone who stutters who is in a therapy program could find helpful as well. Some of that information can be found in the Keys to Your Success portion of the manual. Some of those keys are:

  • Set realistic fluency goals
  • Build a support network of friends with whom you can comfortably practice new skills and fluency techniques
  • Pick a time each day to practice
  • Take small steps outside of your immediate support network

$100 SpeechEasy Evaluation Rebate Available

The first step in seeing if SpeechEasy is right for you is to attend a SpeechEasy evaluation with one of our trained SpeechEasy Providers. Every SpeechEasy Provider is a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist qualified to help assess and recommend fluency options for our clients.

We are offering the $100 evaluation rebate as a way to help offset the cost of the evaluation. Just contact us or request an information packet and we will mail you our evaluation rebate form.

Reminder: $1,000 discount on SpeechEasy models ends soon!

The Season of Giving promotion which began in November, will end February 15th. This means there’s only a little more time left to see a SpeechEasy Provider. If you have been evaluated by a Provider during the last year and now want to purchase please let us or your Provider know soon.

The process is simple. There is no coupon or survey required in order to receive the discount. You must simply must purchase a Comfort Fit (CF) or Completely-in-the-Ear (CIC) model of SpeechEasy by Feb 15th. These two models are our most popular and preferred by over 85% of our clients.

Veterans get SpeechEasy devices

This past month five deserving U.S. military veterans received SpeechEasy devices to improve their speech. Each case was different, but they all worked through their V.A. Medical Hospital and their local SpeechEasy Provider. Each veteran’s device was paid for by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

If you are a veteran and want to begin the process to see if SpeechEasy may be what you need for your stuttering or for Parkinson’s speech issues, please contact our Funding Coordinator here at SpeechEasy. She is glad to help and answer any questions you may have.

$1000 discount on SpeechEasy until February 15th

We just wanted to send another reminder about our Season of Giving discount offer still going on now. The special $1000 off pricing on our two most popular SpeechEasy models is good through February 15th. 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.


SpeechEasyPD for Parkinson’s now available through qualified SpeechEasyPD Providers

Recently, 65 of our Providers elected to be trained in evaluating and dispensing SpeechEasyPD for those with Parkinson’s related speech issues. Now Parkinson’s patients who wish to try SpeechEasyPD can do so in a private setting at one of our SpeechEasyPD Provider locations in the U.S.

All of our Providers are certified and licensed Speech Language Pathologists and are trained to help you make decisions about your fluency. There is never any obligation to purchase a SpeechEasyPD when you visit with a Provider.

If you or someone you know are interested in trying SpeechEasyPD please let us know and we will have one of our SpeechEasyPD Providers make contact. You can also visit our SpeechEasyPD website and complete the information request if you would like to know more.


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.

Season of Giving offers from SpeechEasy: Save $1000

At SpeechEasy we know that this time of year is the season for giving. Whether for yourself or someone you know we have some great offers and options for you.

  • Receive $1000 off our most popular models of SpeechEasy untilFeb.15, 2015.
  • No coupon needed
  • Get $100 rebate towards your SpeechEasy evaluation
  • 60 day risk-free trial period
  • One year free manufacturer’s warranty
  • Easy 0% financing plans available-as low as $75 per month

Time is short and some of these offers won’t last forever. Here’s hoping you have a great Season of Giving. 

SpeechEasy exhibits at national speech convention Nov. 19-22

SpeechEasy attended and exhibited at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) convention in Orlando, Florida. Over 12,000 were in attendance.

Members of the SpeechEasy team were able to demonstrate and explain how SpeechEasy works for those who stutter and also how SpeechEasyPD can be helpful with those with Parkinson’s speech issues. It’s a great privilege to be able to share the successes of SpeechEasy clients with this group of professionals so they can relay this information to their own clients.