Instrumentation: Personal Amplification Systems Speech-language pathologists working with individuals with communication disorders may need to recommend personal amplification to compensate for difficulty in regulating the intensity of their voice. A lack of intensity in the voice may be present for a variety of reasons such as decreased respiratory status (e.g., COPD), post-surgical reconstruction (e.g., ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 1998
Instrumentation: Personal Amplification Systems
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  • Kathleen Treole
    Communication Sciences and Disorders East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
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Article   |   December 01, 1998
Instrumentation: Personal Amplification Systems
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, December 1998, Vol. 8, 7-8. doi:10.1044/vvd8.3.7
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, December 1998, Vol. 8, 7-8. doi:10.1044/vvd8.3.7
Speech-language pathologists working with individuals with communication disorders may need to recommend personal amplification to compensate for difficulty in regulating the intensity of their voice. A lack of intensity in the voice may be present for a variety of reasons such as decreased respiratory status (e.g., COPD), post-surgical reconstruction (e.g., laryngectomees), or severe laryngeal pathology (e.g., vocal nodules).
Personal amplification refers to a device carried or worn by an individual to intensify his/her voice for those listeners within a few feet of the speaker. Personal address systems or public address systems refer to devices which amplify a voice to a larger group of people in a room or large setting. There are many options available and thus, the speech-langugage pathologist needs to become familiar with different systems, in general, to ensure appropriate suggestions to the client.
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