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What devices can help people with Parkinson's disease communicate more clearly?

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  • Palatal lift. It looks like a retainer and helps lift the soft palate and stops air from escaping out of the nose while you talk.
  • A personal amplifier can make your voice louder and help save your energy.
  • TTY telephone relay system with a keyboard lets you type your speck so it can be read and relayed by an operator.
  • Notebooks and language boards.
  • Computers with voice synthesizers and other high-tech devices.

From: Parkinson's Disease and Speech Therapy WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 10/21/2018

SOURCES:

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Speech Therapy in PD."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Coping with Symptoms."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Speech & Swallowing."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Parkinson's Disease: Hope Through Research."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Speech Therapy in PD."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Coping with Symptoms."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Speech & Swallowing."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Parkinson's Disease: Hope Through Research."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

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