What to expect from a SpeechEasy Assessment
In my experience as the BC SpeechEasy Provider, and through my work with the Speech-Language Pathologists across Canada who provide SpeechEasy in their provinces, I have learned that it is impossible to predict ahead of time how a person will respond to the altered auditory feedback technology of SpeechEasy devices until they try it. The assessment, therefore, is the first and most crucial step in the process of acquiring a SpeechEasy.
The assessment is usually 2 to 3 hours (less than $300) and starts with a hearing test to rule out any hearing health concerns which could impact a successful SpeechEasy fitting. A comprehensive case study is then taken to establish how a client's stutter impacts their daily life, and baseline stuttering measures are taken. Next, the client is taught how to use a demonstration SpeechEasy device. Results are usually apparent fairly quickly. Changes in fluency are noted while the client speaks while wearing the demonstration device, and these measures are compared to the baselines. Family members are encouraged to attend the assessment if a client wishes, in order to help assess the fluency changes. I work hard to provide realistic expectations for clients to help them make their decision of whether or not to order a SpeechEasy device. The assessment fee is sometimes reimbursed by Extended health insurance plans, if available.
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More about SpeechEasy
Who should use SpeechEasy?People Who Stutter (PWS) who have had previous success with other Altered Auditory Feedback devices, but who found these devices bulky and conspicuous – they want to wear something more cosmetically appealing and self-contained at ear-level.
Can SpeechEasy cure stuttering?No. SpeechEasy is NOT A CURE FOR STUTTERING. There is no known cure for stuttering at this time. SpeechEasy is a prosthetic device, something to be likened to wearing a hearing aid or eyeglasses. In other words, it is effective when in use.
Are there any side-effects of wearing SpeechEasy?Environmental and conversational stimuli can sound different. SpeechEasy is usually worn in one ear only, which reduces this sensation, and the advanced digital processing helps to reduce unwanted background noise. Some people may get a sore ear. This can usually be alleviated by modifying the shell.
How long has SpeechEasy been on the market?While Altered Auditory Feedback devices have been in existence for many years, SpeechEasy was first introduced in the USA in 2001. Some long-term efficacy studies on SpeechEasy have been published and some are still in the process of being conducted. Please visit www.speecheasy.com for more information on research.
Trial Period and Repair Warranty:The four ear-level SpeechEasy devices (CIC, CF, ITC, BTE) come with a trial period agreed to by the client and the provider. SpeechEasy devices will be repaired if defective materials or defective manufacturing cause the device to malfunction within one year from the date of fitting. Damage due to negligence is not covered under this one-year warranty. Ear molds, tubing, batteries and accessories are not covered under this warranty. Speech-Language Pathologist fees are non-refundable.
How does a SpeechEasy Assessment and fitting take place?Client contacts the local SpeechEasy Speech-Language Pathologist (in BC, Janet Gibson).
Client arranges to have a hearing test and brings the audiogram to the SpeechEasy Assessment. The assessment includes a SpeechEasy demonstration. If the client is a good candidate for a SpeechEasy device, the styles and options are discussed. The device is ordered. Client makes device payment to True Fluency Canada Inc. and professional assessment fee payment to the
Speech-Language Pathologist. Fitting takes place approximately two weeks after the assessment. Follow-up appointments are encouraged and are set up by the Client and the Speech-Language Pathologist. For further information please visit www.speecheasy.ca