One of the things I love about my job is the range of people that I get to meet and help solve a problem for, through the use of assistive technology (AT). One such example involved a young woman who stopped by the office looking for a way to make her whisper-soft voice more audible. The underlying problem was polyps on her vocal cords, which were being addressed medically, but were going take some time. In the interim, she wanted to continue her work as a certified nursing assistant (CNA), but was in danger of losing her job because those she was caring for could not hear her. The AT solution recommended was to have her use a portable voice amplification device while on the job.
These devices are designed to amplify the vocal output for people with temporary or permanent voice disorders. They typically consist of a lightweight headset microphone and body-worn amplifier. They allow the user to be hands-free, and run on rechargeable batteries. For the CNA with the quiet voice, the voice amplifier proved to be a job-saver. If you are having trouble being heard, or are at risk for voice over-use due to teaching, coaching or presenting for hours at a time, look to a voice amplification device to be heard. IPAT has a number of them available for trial-use, let us know if you would like to try one out.