MedSy launches anti-stammer device in the UK
19 July 2007
Son, The Netherlands. MedSy a distributor for sub-medical products, has
launched the SpeechEasy anti-stammer device, in the UK. The device is custom
made to fit completely within the ear canal and is almost invisible.
The device works based upon the 'choral-effect' (also known as the echo
effect) which means that the wearer hears their own voice with a time delay
and a pitch shift. This produces the effect of another person speaking in
unison with the stammerer and in most cases will reduce the wearer's stammer
significantly. It is very common for individuals with a fairly severe
stammer to be able to sing without any hesitation, and this is a similar
Following a successful roll-out in the United States, there are
already thousands of users who have benefited from using the device.
According to recent research 80% of users are fluent or almost fluent with
the device, with the group indicating that the device has had a very
positive impact on their well-being, increased self-confidence and improved
interaction resulting in better social and professional relationships.
SpeechEasy is supplied via a network of independent specialist hearing
centres and is now available at specialist centres in London, Oxford,
Ipswich, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Lisburn and Lincoln.
affects around 1% of the UK adult population — about 459,000 people — and
approximately 109,000 children between the ages of 5-16 years. Someone who
stammers can experience certain limitations in their life. These can vary
from speech anxiety, avoiding social contact, depression and feelings of
Stammerers may be offered therapy to try and eliminate it by working with
speech and language therapists, or can undertake courses to help themselves.
The company advises that SpeechEasy is an aid to reduce stammering, not a
cure, and it should be used as a 'tool' to help reduce the stammer.
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