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.
- Medicare reimbursement for amplification devices
- Amplifiers and accessories for nearby communication
- Accessories for wireless or landline phone use
- Other voice amplification ideas
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!
Suggested devices for nearby communication
- Best Quality: Chattervox Voice Amplifier
- 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
View on Amazon
View on Amazon
- 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.
- 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?
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