Voice Amplification

Voice amplifiers use a microphone and speaker to amplify speech and improve a person’s ability to communicate.  This can be a valuable technology for people living with ALS.

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Medicare options

Although voice amplification equipment can be purchased out of pocket, Medicare provides 80% reimbursement for approved amplifiers.  Be sure to purchase directly from authorized locations to ensure that the claim is approved.  Share these helpful links with your SLP and/or Physician if you are interested!

Quick Reference Guide on Reimbursement by ALSA SW Washington and Oregon

CMS Voice Amplifier Reimbursable Form for Healthcare Providers

Suggested devices for nearby communication

Voice amplifiers
  • Most Affordable: Our pALS have found the VoiceBooster to be helpful and, at a price of around $65.00, very economical.   View on Amazon
  • Moderate quality and price: John M. Costello, MA, CCC-SLP Director, Augmentative Communication Program, recommends the Luminaud Spokeman.  Cost: $145.00 View on Luminaud website
Headsets
VoiceBooster Low Profile Light-Weight Single Ear-Hook Omnidirectional Microphone by Voice Booster
VoiceBooster Low Profile Light-Weight Single Ear-Hook Omnidirectional Microphone
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Wireless Microphone, 40m Stable Wireless Transmission, XIAOKOA 2.4G

XIAOKOA 2.4G Wireless Microphone, 40m Stable Wireless Transmission, Headset And Handheld 2 In 1, For Voice Amplifier,Speaker, Karaoke, Computer by XIAOKOA

Headset And Handheld 2 In 1, For Voice Amplifier,Speaker, Karaoke, Computer
by XIAOKOA
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For telephones

  • Cell phones:  Headsets can improve clarity and ease of use when making phone calls.  They may also be compatible with a tablet or laptop computer.  One recommended option is the BlueParrott Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headset.
  • Wired (landline) phones: We haven’t tried this out yet, but Harris Communications offers an Inline Voice Magnifier.  When connected between the receiver and base of a landline telephone, it amplifies the outgoing sound by up to 25 decibels.

Other ideas

  • When using communication apps such as Skype or Facetime, using an external headset instead of your device’s built-in microphone can improve voice quality and intelligibility.
  • Using a home surround sound system to amplify one’s voice?

Links and Resources:

      • Accepting amplifier donations.  This is one of the many items we have on our Amazon Wish List to loan to those living with ALS.
      • For more on Voice Amplification and ALS Communication from Boston Children’s Hospital: Click HERE