Coping with a loved one’s speech loss calls for inner strength and outside support

Posted on Friday, February 1, 2008 - 17:00, By: Amy Madsen
Ron Harrison, 72, of Lake St. Louis, Mo., joked recently about one of the hallmarks of ALS — the loss of speech. When his wife of 43 years, Darlene, and a family friend were unable to decipher what Ron was trying to share with them, he repeated it until, after numerous tries, it came out...

Voice banking and speech synthesis technology

Posted on Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 09:16, By: Alyssa Quintero
While there’s no easy way to prepare for losing your voice, voice banking enables people with ALS to capture their voices via recordings that can be used on Windows-based computers and alternative augmentative communication (AAC) devices. To start, you can record your voice on a Windows-based...

Voice synthesis study advances

Posted on Sunday, February 1, 2004 - 07:00, By: Margaret Wahl
The first phase of a project whose goal is to allow people with ALS and similar conditions to "speak" through a computer in their own voices has come to a successful completion, says investigator Tim Bunnell...
Posted on Friday, December 1, 2000 - 17:00, By: ALSN Staff
Starting Jan. 2, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices that generate speech for people with limited vocal ability will be considered durable medical equipment eligible for coverage by Medicare. Under previous guidelines, speech generators and synthesizers and their accessories...