New hope for people living with Parkinson’s disease. One of the symptoms is difficulty talking; now there’s a device that’s helping them communicate and feel less isolated.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder with a variety of symptoms causing several disabilities. Speech affection is common in patients with PD and the inability to be understood when speaking can be devastating.
Mr. X a 54 year old person was one such case. As the disease progressed, He had deep brain stimulation surgery, hoping that it would control some symptoms. But his slurred speech and mumbling, a symptom of Parkinson’s, continued to worsen. At this time he was recommended Speech easy PD device.
Working with his speech pathologist, and wearing the device, He reads passages. He is relearning enunciation. A device that looks like a hearing aid is helping. It’s called Speech Easy. Imagine speaking, but not being understood. That can result in frustration and withdrawal from others. A tiny device is making a big difference for him.
Speech Easy PD is a tool to help one regain control of his speech. It is proven technology which can be used to increase speech intelligibility in those with Parkinson’s. Worn in one ear and similar in appearance to a hearing aid, Speech Easy PD has been shown to help those with Parkinson’s increase their ability to communicate more effectively and confidently.
The device, called Speech Easy looks like a hearing aid and fits comfortably in patients’ ear. It was originally developed for those who have problems with stuttering, but it could help patients with Parkinson’s.