Voice Aerobics and the SpeechVive Device
Evaluation and Trial of SpeechVive Device
is a small, portable device designed to improve speech and voice
production in persons with Parkinson's. The device is worn
behind the ear like a hearing aid, and when the person speaks,
background noise plays in their ear, acting upon a reflex, which
causes them to speak louder. Because the device does not require
"training" it can be successfully used by persons with mild cognitive
impairment, including reduced memory. Patients, who have
completed other forms of speech and voice treatment, including the
LSVT®, may still be candidates for a trial.
Voice Aerobics, private practice,
is pleased to offer evaluation and trial of the SpeechVive™
device. Contact us by email or phone to obtain further
information or to schedule an appointment, or
referral form below and have your physician sign and fax to our
is designed to improve vocal loudness and/or speech clarity in
patients with hypophonia. Hypophonia is a common speech
impairment in patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, vascular
dementia, and normal pressure hydrocephalus. An example of
advanced hypophonia is the current speech pattern of Muhammad Ali.
Using the SpeechVive™ device, patients turn day to day communication
settings into cues to improve speech and communication capacity.
In the first round of clinical trials conducted by researcher, Jessica
Huber, PhD at Purdue, over 80% of patients showed immediate
improvement from simply wearing the device for the first time.
device works by detecting when a patient speaks, and at that time,
the device plays a background noise in one of the patient’s ears,
which is an autonomous cue to elicit louder speech, through the
Lombard Effect. The Lombard Effect is a well known
phenomenon where speakers naturally speak louder under conditions
of background noise. When the patient is not speaking,
SpeechVive™ does not deliver babble noise to the ear.
Clinical trials at Purdue University
indicate hypophonic patients respond to the Lombard Effect with
improved speech clarity and increased vocal loudness, creating an
opportunity for a new hypophonia treatment course. This
treatment differs from existing treatment plans in that it takes
place during daily living activities, outside of what could be
considered "traditional" delivery paradigms. In the
treatment program proposed, hypophonic individuals wear the device
in natural communication contexts, achieving a louder, clearer,
and more intelligible voice. The device allows patients to
obtain treatment effects through everyday occurrences, without
needing to remember to self-cue, which may be an advantage for
patients with concomitant memory problems. Desensitization
to the device masking cue has not been observed.
Additionally, SpeechVive collects data about device usage to
assist in supporting the achievement of therapeutic goals.
If you would like to know more or would like
to request information or an in office trial, please complete the
below and fax to: Voice Aerobics, 941-979-9350 or
SpeechVive Device Referral Request Form
To learn more visit the SpeechVive
To enlist individuals in their treatment,
and help them express their personality & spirit through voice. To
educate and empower. Mary
Spremulli, MA, CCC-SLP