Ear devices have been on the market for many years and are available in many price ranges. These electronic aids either delay or alter the sound of one's voice, creating an echo, or play some sort of noise, both of which are known to reduce stuttering. However, it is also known that the effects may wear off over time. There is not enough data on the long-term effectiveness of the devices at this time - something the Stuttering Foundation is working to address.
Below is a list of electronic aids in alphabetical order. Some people who stutter have found them to be helpful, particularly in limited situations, such as using the telephone or giving a speech.
Three million people in the United States stutter. So far, no single method has proven to work for everyone, despite reports of "cures" through new treatments, drugs or devices. For these reasons, the Stuttering Foundation does not endorse any single approach to stuttering treatment.
Instead, we actively support research into the causes of stuttering in the hope of finding ever-better treatments. We encourage you to learn as much as possible about the many treatment options currently available and to choose what is best for your individual situation.
We also offer other resources, including a listing by state of speech-language pathologists specializing in stuttering therapy. Many of our numerous other publications to help people who stutter are available free online or at your local library.
You may call us toll-free at 1-800-992-9392 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The Stuttering Foundation of America does not warrant the efficacy of these devices nor guarantee their treatment in any way. This page is here for your information only. Appearing on this page is NOT an endorsement by the Stuttering Foundation.
Delayed Auditory Feedback and Frequency Altered Feedback software - Free
Doctoral student in the Department of Speech Pathology
at the University of Iowa
SpeechEasy - $2,500 - $4,500
Janus Development Group, Inc.
112 Staton Road
Greenville, NC 27834
Toll-free (877) 4-Fluency
www.speecheasy.com/where_locator.html has a list of providers.
These devices, worn like traditional hearing aids, use altered auditory feedback in the form of auditory delays & frequency shifts.
Casa Futura Technologies - $1,495 - $3,500
720 31st Street
Boulder, CO 80303
888-FLUENCY or 888-358-3629 or 303-417-9752
DAF, FAF, MAF, and stuttering bio feed back devices for clinical, home practice, telephone, and pocket use. 15 States (CA, MA, TX, WI and more) provide funding for anti-stuttering telephone devices to qualified consumers. Schools may inquire about special rates.
Latest models are: Visi-Pitch IV - $3,350 /Sona-Speech - $1,995 /Facilitator - $950
All the latest descriptions of these can be found on the KayPentax web site.