Stuttering -or stammering- is a speech disorder that involves frequent and significant problems when speaking. Young children may stutter when their speaking abilities aren’t developed enough to keep up with what they are thinking of saying. Most children outgrow this type of developmental stuttering. However, stuttering can be a symptom of a neurological injury or disease, such as Parkinson’s disease. For those who face Parkinson’s speech, life can be difficult, but with the help of SpeechEasy, a trusted speech device, communicating may become a bit easier.
Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder with no known cause or cure. The body begins to damage the neurons in a portion of the brain, leading to reduced levels of dopamine production. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter produced by nerve cells that signal to produce smooth, purposeful movements of the body, including the face, throat, and mouth which are used to produce smooth, productive speech.
Parkinson’s affects each person differently, so all of the symptoms are experienced by everyone who has the disorder. Parkinson’s speech is known as hypokinetic dysarthria, and commonly includes:
- Decreased in breathing ability resulting in breathy or low volume of speech
- Slurred, mumbled, or hurried speech making it difficult to understand
- A loss of accentuation, pitch and volume resulting in monotone speaking
- Difficulty in finding the correct words
SpeechEasy for Parkinson’s Speech–
SpeechEasyPD is a speech device tool that can help you regain control of your speech, and your life. Its proven technology can be used to increase speech intelligibility in those who suffer from Parkinson’s speech. Similar to a hearing aid, SpeechEasyPD is worn in one ear and has been shown to help those with Parkinson’s increase their ability to communicate more effectively and confidently. SpeechEasyPD dispatches Delayed Auditory Feedback (DAF) and Frequency Altered Feedback (FAF) to help combat speech comprehension issues, specifically those induced by Parkinson’s disease. When utilizing DAF and FAF, a person experiences the “choral speech effect.” SpeechEasyPD providing the choral effect has been shown to lessen repetitiveness and rushed speech by delaying what is heard by the user, which in return slows down their rhythm of speech.
With the help of SpeechEasy and SpeechEasyPD, those who suffer from a speech disorder, and PD can finally have relief from everyday stress. While there is no sure-fire cure for stuttering or Parkinson’s speech, SpeechEasy can be a reliable tool to make everyday life a bit easier.
SpeechEasy Anti-Stuttering Device
SpeechEasy is a combination of proven technology and techniques which can be used to reduce stuttering this holiday season. Worn in one ear and similar in appearance to a hearing aid, SpeechEasy has helped thousands increase their ability to communicate effectively and confidently. The program that comes with every SpeechEasy is supported by a team of fluency professionals who truly care about your success. Contact us today!