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What the experts say... summary of the results Heidelberg University Clinical Trial Journal of Fluency Disorders 37 (2012) 122–134

Six VoiceAmp 601i devices were provided for a series of clinical trials conducted at the Heidelberg University of Education in Germany. For the initial trial, the devices were supplied with the monaural, wired headset option. The objective of the study was to investigate the devices’ immediate effects on the characteristics of stuttering (i.e. stuttering frequency, durations of moments of stuttering, stuttering severity etc.) in 30 adults. The design of the study enabled subjects to experience both the VA unit as well as another commercially available device that utilizes a binaural headset. Additionally, an inactive condition was displayed to differentiate in how far the anticipation of using a technical aid, designed to improve one’s speech, would impact fluency. Results revealed that this inactive condition alone caused statistically significant improvements in speech fluency while reading. The use of the VA device further led to improvements within many of the investigated variables of stuttering. The rate of stuttering, for instance, was significantly improved both during reading as well as during monologs and conversations. Read more here...

Darrel Knight's story

I am a 43 year old male ... I recall I started stuttering at an early age of 5 and have been living with this “ailment” since then. After many years of speech therapy and self help speech classes I resigned myself that I would always have this “handicap”. Although I regarded myself as a people’s person, I would always be found cowering in the back ground as I was too afraid to speak to someone new. In 2006 before leaving for Cyprus, I heard about Voice Amp and was extremely keen to find out about this device and also to test it. .... This amazing device not only helped my speech, but also boosted my morale and self esteem. I would definitely recommend this to all stutters. Read more here...

Mike Swain's story and recording

I'm 68 years old and do not remember a time that I did not stutter. In fact, one of my earliest memories was a kindergarten teacher asking me a simple question. At that time I didn't know what "stuttering" was. All I knew was I couldn't talk effortlessly like everyone else. So I just shrugged my shoulders at the question and let the teacher think I was stupid or retarded rather than try to talk in front of the class. My father was a musician and when I was in high school, he was a pioneer in tape recording. Since I had access to some of the first tape recorders, I discovered early-on that there was some relief from stuttering with the delayed feedback from microphone to headphones. On my own, I was never able to capitalize on that concept so, recently, I was delighted to find that Voice Amp had developed that technology to a high degree making it both portable and practical. Listen to Mike's experience here...

The Edinburgh Masker is back

Some years ago we introduced a masking tool on our device. Alan Falck the founder of VoiceAmp met Dr Dewar in Edinburgh (husband of the late Ann Dewar SLT) original inventor. Alan explained VoiceAmp could emulate his original device with software. Dr Dewar gave VoiceAmp permission to use the Edinburgh Masker name, all the research files and tapes were collected and handed over to Queen Margaret's University. VoiceAmp have now released the full Edinburgh masker software on the VA601i fluency device. There are improvements, a wireless option as well as a calibration tool.

British Stammering Association

Another fantastic well attended BSA conference was held at Westminster University London, with presenters and attendees from around the world. From left Alan Falck (founder VoiceAmp), Jan Anderson (BSA Scotland), Norbert Lieckfeldt (BSA London), Dr Tom Weidig (Luxembourg) and Robin Lickley (Queen Margaret's University)

Bringing Fluency to phone conversations with TAD

VoiceAmp in conjunction with the Dominic Barker have developed a telephone interface for people who stutter. Building on the proven 601 architecture, the new platform now boasts features including word prompting. VoiceAmp were delighted with the initial results of the UK clinical trial presented by Monica Bray (Leeds University) and her team recently in Oxford. Read more here...

VoiceAmp brings fluency to UK stammerers

Dom Willis, 39, has lived with his stammer for years, but lately he has been able to converse relatively unhindered by his condition, and he says this has been life-enhancing beyond measure. Read more about one of VoiceAmp's early UK users here...

New funding for UK stammerers

Zaber Ahmed a London student , was recently awarded a Disabled Student Allowance to fund a VoiceAmp device. It is hoped the BSA will cover this story in full in the next edition of Speaking out (the BSA's quarterly newsletter). Read more here...

The VoiceAmp Fluency System

The VoiceAmp 601 series Fluency System was developed in conjunction with international specialists and research Universities. Read how the VoiceAmp fluency system helps to promote fluency here...

VoiceAmp goes wireless

All VA601 series devices are wireless upgradeable as an optional accessory. VoiceAmp is also intergrating Bluetooth™ functionality into our devices. Find out more about VoiceAmp's wireless options here...

News from VoiceAmp

VoiceAmp is continually developing new technologies to enable people to communicate better. VoiceAmp works closely with academics, speech professionals and end users to develop creative solutions to speech difficulties. Read more about what we're up to here...



 
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